Embraer selects Rheinmetall to supply training devices for KC-390 programme
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has awarded a contract to Germany-based Rheinmetall Defence Electronics Simulation and Training for the supply of the KC-390 military transport jet training media suite.
Under the terms of the agreement, the company will provide the latest, proven simulation technology for the KC-390 programme.
Embraer Defense & Security president and CEO Jackson Schneider said: "We are looking forward to build further on our recent fruitful cooperation and are confident that our partnership with Rheinmetall will result in a first class KC-390 Training Media Suite that will indefinitely contribute to the overall success of the KC-390 programme."
Jointly developed by Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the KC-390 tactical military transport aircraft is designed to perform cargo and troop transport, troop and cargo air delivery, aerial refuelling, search-and-rescue, and combating forest fires, among other missions.
On 21 October 2014, the first prototype of the KC-390 aerial refuelling aircraft was rolled out from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil.
Embraer has secured a series production contract worth BRL7.2bn ($3.25bn) to manufacture 28 KC-390 aircraft and associated initial logistic support for the FAB.
In addition to FAB's lot, around 32 medium-lift aircraft are also expected to be purchased by other militaries worldwide.
The company expects to receive the certification of the KC-390 jet by the end of 2017, followed by deliveries of the aircraft scheduled to begin in the first half of 2018.
Image: The company officials signing the contract at Fidae, Santiago,Chile. Photo: courtesy of Embraer.