L3Harris Applied sciences and Embraer S.A. introduced a partnership to develop an “Agile Tanker,” a tactical aerial refueling choice to deal with the U.S. Air Power’s operational imperatives and joint pressure refueling necessities particularly for contested logistics environments. The businesses signed an settlement to increase the capabilities of Embraer’s KC-390 Millennium tactical tanker plane. Enhancements embody the addition of superior growth operations and mission programs to assist agile basing and sustainment for operations in contested areas, and resilient communications supporting JADC2 necessities. Plane enhancements will complement the tanker’s present capabilities, which already embody the flexibility to refuel plane with a variable pace drogue, obtain gasoline, and to take off and land from brief and improvised runways, permitting for better mission space protection.

“U.S. Air Power strategic planners have said agile fight employment would require refueling platforms optimized to assist a disaggregated method to air dominance in contested logistics environments,” stated Christopher E. Kubasik, Chair and Chief Government Officer, L3Harris.


“We proceed looking for significant and strategic partnerships that generate new developments and increase the KC-390 Millennium’s market attain. Our plane is capturing the eye of Air Forces around the globe, and we’re thrilled by this chance to mix Embraer’s state-of-the-art platform and programs with L3Harris’ mission-driven options to ship on the U.S. Air Power’s operational imperatives,” stated Francisco Gomes Neto, President and CEO of Embraer.

The Air Power operational imperatives are a roadmap for efficiently bringing in regards to the new applied sciences, considering, and cultures the Air and Area Forces will need to have to discourage and, if vital, defeat modern-day adversaries. The speedy, versatile, customizable KC-390 Millennium can assist a variety of missions and possesses a excessive reliability charge. By combining L3Harris’ expertise as an plane missionization prime with Embraer’s state-of-the-art jet-powered KC-390 Millennium platform, each firms are prepared to offer the subsequent technology of tanker options for the Division of Protection and the US Air Power. To assist the Purchase American Act necessities, the events are learning the Agile Tanker program manufacturing with remaining meeting within the U.S., adopted by plane modernization and missionization on the L3Harris’ Waco, Texas, plane modification heart.

L3Harris Applied sciences is an agile world aerospace and protection know-how innovator, delivering end-to-end options that meet prospects’ mission-critical wants. The corporate supplies superior protection and business applied sciences throughout house, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has greater than $17 billion in annual income and 47,000 staff, with prospects in additional than 100 nations.
A world aerospace firm headquartered in Brazil, Embraer has companies in Industrial and Government aviation, Protection & Safety and Agricultural Aviation. The corporate designs, develops, manufactures and markets plane and programs, offering Companies & Assist to prospects after-sales. Because it was based in 1969, Embraer has delivered greater than 8,000 plane. On common, about each 10 seconds an plane manufactured by Embraer takes off someplace on the planet, transporting over 145 million passengers a yr.