L3Harris, Embraer bids for new air tanker for US Air Force

American L3Harris and Brazilian Embraer ink a partnership agreement to develop the Agile Tanker, a tactical aerial refueling option for the US Air Force.

The partnership aims to expand the KC-390 Millennium Embraer, a 35.2-meter (115-foot) medium multi-role tactical jet deployed for cargo and troop transport and amphibious operations.

L3Harris said the upgrade will include improved missile and mission control systems to enhance the aircraft’s grounding maneuverability and sustained operations in contested areas.

Economical and distributed tactical refueling, among existing refueler capabilities, would complement aircraft reloading for greater mission area coverage.

Agile combat application

“US Air Force strategic planners said flexible combat applications will require refueling platforms optimized to support a disaggregated approach to air dominance in contested logistics environments,” L3Harris Chairman and CEO Khristofor Kubasik said.

President and CEO of Embraer Francisco Gomez Neto said that the strategic partnership between the company state-of-the-art platform and systems with mission-focused L3Harris solutions will enhance the operational imperatives of the US Air Force in the logistics environment.

Seven operational imperatives reflect the US Air Force Secretary’s “increasingly urgent road map.” Frank Kendall.

The roadmap calls for the U.S. Air Force to “implement new technologies, mindsets, and cultures” to address new and emerging threats and challenges. L3Harris, Embraer bids for new air tanker for US Air Force

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