IAE Begins Assembly of First KC-390 Engine
PARIS -- (Marketwired) -- 06/18/13 -- Paris Air Show -- IAE is
assembling the first V2500-E5 engines -- selected in 2011 to power
Embraer Defense and Security's new KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport
aircraft -- in June.
IAE is assembling the first engine to test (FETT) at the Pratt &
Whitney Middletown, Conn., Engine Center. Civil certification for the
new engine model is planned for third quarter 2014. The engine
certification basis has been established with the Federal Aviation
"It is an honor to have Embraer, an internationally known airframer,
as a customer," said IAE President Jon Beatty. "The V2500 is a
well-established, proven engine that powers approximately 2,200
aircraft today. We are excited to be a part of Embraer's new program
and have a dedicated team located at their facility to support them."
IAE successfully completed its V2500-E5 Preliminary Design Review in
August 2012 and Critical Design Review (CDR) in February 2013 prior
to Embraer completing its aircraft CDR, clearing the way for the
first test flight in the second half of 2014.
"We look forward to the delivery of the first engines and to our
first flight milestone next year," said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president
and CEO, Embraer Defense and Security. "We will continue to work
closely with IAE on certification and testing."
When fully assembled, tested, podded, and instrumented, IAE plans to
ship a total of six powerplants for testing to Embraer: three by the
end of 2013 and three by end of first quarter 2014. Production
powerplants will be delivered by late 2015, with entry into service
scheduled for early 2016. Embraer estimates a potential addressable
opportunity of 728 aircraft over the first 10 years of production. To
date, six countries have signed letters of intent to buy 60 aircraft.
The V2500-E5 engine, rated at 31,330 pounds of thrust, was selected
in July 2011 by Embraer Defense and Security, in concurrence with the
Brazilian Air Force, as the powerplant for the KC-390. While Embraer
and its customers desire maximum commonality with the V2500, modest
changes have been made to the externals and installation to interface
with the new airframe.
In addition to the Embraer KC-390, the V2500 is available on the
Airbus A320 family and the Boeing MD-90. It is the preferred engine
for A321 operators worldwide and has the largest share of engines
delivered and on order. That share is expected to continue to grow in
the future. In addition, the V2500-A5 has approximately half of the
overall segment share for the platforms on which it operates.
About Embraer: Throughout its 40-year history, Embraer has been
involved in all aspects of aviation. In addition to design,
development, manufacturing, sales and technical support for
commercial, agricultural and executive aviation, Embraer also offers
integrated solutions for defense and security. It has produced more
than 5,000 aircraft that operate in 80 countries on five continents,
and it is the market leader for commercial jets with up to 120 seats.
Embraer manufactures some of the best executive jets in operation,
and is now entering a new level in the defense segment.
About IAE: IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose
shareholders are comprised of Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Pratt &
Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines
Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. To date, more than 5,700 engines
have been delivered and more than 1,600 more engines are on order
with close to 200 customers around the world.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
IAE International Aero Engines AG
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