IAE ships engines to Brazil for KC-390 aircraft

Prototype V2500-E5 engines have been sent to Brazil for testing on Embraer's new KC-390 transport aircraft.
By Richard Tomkins  |  May 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 21 (UPI) -- Three more prototype engines have been shipped by IAE International Aero Engines AG for use in flight testing of Embraer's KC-390 airlifter.

IAE -- owned by Pratt & Whitney, Japan Aero Engine Corporation and MTU Aero Engines -- said three V2500-E5 propulsion systems were shipped to Brazil -- the second and last batch of prototypes. Shipment of production engines will follow.

All six prototype V2500-E5 power plants were assembled at a Pratt & Whitney's facility in Connecticut. Nacelles, thrust reversers and engine build-up equipment were then installed by UTC Aerospace Systems - Aerostructures in Foley, Ala.

The V2500-E5 engine has 31,330 pounds of thrust.

"We are honored that V2500-E5 engines will power the KC-390 tanker program," said Dave Brantner, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "Our dedicated team located at Embraer's facility is working hard to support the program and the first flight."

"The delivery of the first engines for a new aircraft program is an exciting milestone," said Jackson Schneider, president and chief executive officer of Embraer Defense and Security. "This brings us another step closer to our first flight this year. We will continue to work closely with IAE on certification and testing."

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