This Monday was presented Embraer’s KC-390 aircraft. The event was held at OGMA facilities, in Alverca, and was attended by several professors and students from Técnico.
This project, although developed by a Brazilian company, counted with a 56% Portuguese participation and is considered the largest Portuguese aeronautic project. The entities involved in this project – Embraer, OGMA and Centre for Excellence and Innovation for the Automobile Industry (CEIIA) – had the support of several Portuguese universities, including Universidade de Lisboa, represented by Técnico.
The event was attended by the president of Técnico, professor Arlindo Oliveira, and by master students of Aerospace engineering, by invitation of Embraer Defense and Security.
The Portuguese Prime-Minister, António Costa, took the opportunity to highlight “the outstanding work of engineering carried out by CEIIA and also by many Portuguese universities”.
KC-390 is an aircraft designed for civil and military purposes (it can transport and launch cargo and troops, perform medical evacuation, search and rescue, as well as fight forest wildfires). The first series-produced aircraft should be delivered to Brazilian air force in 2018.