Brazilian Air Force's KC-390 tactical military transport aircraft

Embraer Defense and Security has selected Sagem and Hamilton Sundstrand under two separate contracts to support the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390 tactical military transport and tanker aircraft.

Sagem will develop and supply its electrically-driven actuator system for the aircraft’s horizontal stabiliser trim system (HSTS) for flight safety as well as for efficient electronic control of the system. The HSTS will allow the pilot to efficiently control the horizontal stabiliser trim to keep the aircraft’s attitude stable, while minimising the aerodynamic control forces to fly the plane. Work on the new system will be carried out at Sagem’s R&D centre in Massy, near Paris.

Hamilton Sundstrand’s Power Systems business unit will supply a military customised auxiliary power unit (APU), derived from commercial APU, for the new transport aircraft under a $300m contract. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed a $1.3bn contract agreement with Embraer in April 2009 to provide 28 KC-390 military jet transport aircraft over seven years to replace the existing 22 Lockheed Martin C-130E/Hs and KC-130s.

The Embraer KC-390 is a twin-engine, medium-lift military transport aircraft designed to perform troop and cargo transport in Antarctica and Amazon regions, aerial delivery, in-flight refuelling, search and rescue (SAR) and medical evacuation missions. The aircraft features advanced avionics and dual HUD, a full-featured mission system including accurate computed air release point (CARP) and complete self-protection and self-defence systems.

Chile’s national aeronautical enterprise Empresa Nacional de Aeronautica (ENAER) has also signed an agreement with Embraer to jointly develop the KC-390 military transport jet for the Chilean Air Force. The first flight of the KC-390 aircraft is expected by 2014, followed by entry into service by the end of 2015.

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Image: Embraer has selected Sagem’s actuator system and Hamilton Sundstrand’s Auxiliary Power Unit for the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390 aircraft.