The KC-390 was designed from the outset to be an air refuelling aircraft for both fixed and rotary wing receivers. Fuel is transferred via removable Cobham underwing pods. Aircraft PT-ZNF has already conducted stability tests using high and low-speed drogues. Dry contact air refuelling tests will be conducted before the end of 2016. Up to three auxiliary fuel tanks can be installed in the cargo bay for this role.
The Cobham 912E pod utilises the latest technology for the KC-390 to meet the aircraft’s high performance criteria including its ability to satisfy a wide number of receivers at extended ranges.