28 August 2014
IAE International Aero Engines AG said it has achieved Federal Aviation Administration certification of the V2500-E5 engine for Embraer´s KC-390 aircraft. The KC-390´s launch customer is the Brazilian Air Force.
“Achieving engine certification on schedule is a big win for the program,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defense and Security. “We have a high level of confidence that the engine will perform as reliably as its in-service counterpart has done, and we look forward to a successful first flight.”
The V2500-E5 engine, rated at 31,330 pounds of thrust, was selected in July 2011 by Embraer Defense and Security and the Brazilian Air Force, which established the KC-390 requirements. While Embraer and its customers desire maximum commonality with the V2500 engine, changes have been made to optimize installation with the new airframe.
The overall IAE program provides a fully integrated propulsion system, including the V2500-E5 engine and nacelle with engine build-up and nacelle installations supported by UTC Aerospace Systems´ Aerostructures business. The system will be delivered to Embraer´s customer, the Brazilian Air Force, supporting a scheduled 2016 entry into service.
IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders comprise Pratt and Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Pratt and Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corp. and MTU Aero Engines. To date, more than 6,000 V2500 engines have been delivered to close to 200 customers around the world.