Embraer selects KC-390 generators

Dec. 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM   |   0 comments

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A military transport plane being developed by Embraer of Brazil will be outfitted with an electrical power generation system from U.S. firm Hamilton Sundstrand.

The electrical power generating system for Embraer Defense and Security's KC-390 is based on Hamilton Sundstrand's 90 kVA integrated drive generator used on a variety of aircraft.

"Hamilton Sundstrand is proud to support this sophisticated military aircraft for Embraer Defense and Security, and, by extension, the Brazilian air force," said Andreas Schell, president, Hamilton Sundstrand Electric Systems.

"Our selection was due to the high-value, cost-effective solution we provide using rugged, field proven products and our experienced team's commitment to work closely with Embraer to exceed the expectations of the KC-390 operators."

Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, estimates that the value of the award would be about $100 million.

The KC-390 being developed for the Brazilian air force is to enter service in 2016. It is a medium-lift transport aircraft that can carry troops and as much as 23 tons of cargo. It can also be configured as a fuel tanker.

"We are very happy to count on Hamilton Sundstrand's support in our endeavor to make the Embraer KC-390 a best-in-class military airlifter and tanker jet," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, senior vice president, operations and chief operating officer of Embraer Defense and Security.

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