On Nov 15th, in Elbit Systems of America’s facilities near San Antonio, Texas, a Brazilian Navy KC-2 Turbo Trader made its first engine test run. This is part of a number of tests in order to achieve first flight in September 2019 and delivery to the Navy in the second half of 2021.
The conversion and delivery of these aircraft will provide autonomous capabilities of aerial refueling of Navy’s AF-1 Skyhawks. Although much debated considering the recent decommissioning of its sole aircraft carrier A-12 Sao Paulo, these aircraft are to operate in support of the “Atlántico” LHD and its Type 967 Artisan radar.
KC-2 in Brazilian service will be capable of deploying paratroops from 25.000ft high, aeromedical evacuation, QRBN support, SAR missions and transport of both cargo and personnel.