Aguiar says the twin-engine KC-390 transport/refueler program under development by Embraer is continuing forward, with the first of two prototypes set to roll out late next year.
With critical design review complete, Embraer has released the drawings to the supply chain, which has, in turn, begun fabricating parts.
Embraer last year signed an agreement with Boeing, manufacturer of the C-17 transport and the KC-46 refueler, to jointly study the market for a KC-390. Aguiar says the technical work has gone “very well.”
Embraer is expected to make an announcement about the way forward for the KC-390 at next week’s air show.