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October 28, 2011

AEL to provide advanced systems for KC-390 programme

Elbit Systems subsidiary AEL Sistemas has been selected to provide additional advanced systems for the new KC-390 military transport and refuel jet.

Elbit Systems subsidiary AEL Sistemas has been selected to provide additional advanced systems for the new KC-390 military transport and refuel jet.

Under the $25m contract, the company will provide the self-protection suite (SPS), directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) and pilot orientation head-up display (HUD) systems.

The company had previously been selected to provide the mission computer for the new jet.

The KC-390 fixed-wing transport airlifter is being built by Embraer for the Brazilian Air Force.

The aircraft will be used to perform troop and cargo transport, aerial delivery, in-flight refuelling and medical evacuation missions.

Other important features include a double chamber shock absorber system and landing gear installed on the fuselage.

The initial test flights are expected to take place in 2014 and the aircraft will be delivered in 2016.

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