Rheinmetall to supply training equipment for new KC-390 transport plane
Germany's Rheinmetall has secured a contract to supply training equipment for new KC-390 transport aircraft from Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer.
Under the terms of the framework agreement signed between the companies, Rheinmetall's Simulation and Training business division will design, manufacture, deliver and support all training devices for the plane for an estimated value of $100m.
Additionally, the company will supply full mission and flight simulators.
The contract includes provisions for additional support such as training devices for cargo handling procedures, maintenance, and flight and mission systems for a period of ten to 15 years.
Rheinmetall Simulation and Training business unit president Ulrich Sasse said: "Rheinmetall is honoured to have been selected as the training devices partner in the KC-390 programme.
"It's exciting to be able to demonstrate our commitment to Embraer and the entire KC-390 programme by providing proven, state-of-the-art simulation technology from Germany."
The KC-390 is equipped with advanced generation avionics, electro-optic / infrared and radar sensors, full compatibility with night vision goggles, and full fly-by-wire technology.
The air forces of Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Czech Republic, Argentina and Colombia have placed purchase orders for the aircraft.
The company expects to receive 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: A KC-390 transport aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Embraer.