BOA Group products played an integral part in the first flight of the Embraer KC-390, the largest aircraft ever manufactured in Brazil, which took place earlier this week.
The KC-390 is a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to develop and produce a tactical military transport and air-to-air refueling plane that represents a significant advance in terms of technology and innovation for the Brazilian aeronautics industry. The aircraft is designed to establish new standards in its category, with a lower operating cost and the flexibility to perform a variety of missions: cargo and troop transport, troop and cargo air delivery, aerial refueling, search and rescue, and combating forest fires, among others.
BOA Groups Flexial division, which specializes in the development of high-aspect-ratio welded bellows, accumulators and hoses for aerospace and high technology applications, designed and manufactured accumulators which are key components of the KC-390 primary and secondary braking systems.
Commenting on the project Mark Harris, Vice President BOA Flexial, said “We are delighted to have been able to contribute our experience of high technology accumulator solutions for the aerospace industry to the development of this exciting and important new aircraft, which represents a major leap forward in aircraft technology.”