Embraer selects French component supplier

Oct. 6, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Hispano-Suiza of France has been chosen by Brazilian aircraft company Embraer to supply it with emergency electric power generator systems.

The EEPGS will be used on Embraer's KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling jet.

Hispano-Suiza system is comprised of a ram air turbine; a RAT electric generator and generator control unit; and a RAT actuation system, which is a deployment and re-stow mechanism.

The ram air turbine system will convert air stream into electric power for the loads that are essential for continued safe flight and landing in case of emergency.

"This mission-critical system has been entrusted to Hispano-Suiza, based on its long history of providing solutions for aviation," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, vice president of Operations and chief operating officer of Embraer Defense and Security.

"Whether for military or humanitarian airlift or refueling situations, the KC-390 will be ensured safe continued flight or landing capabilities under emergency conditions."

"We are delighted to start a new partnership with Embraer in this innovative and ambitious aircraft program, and to contribute in the success of this aircraft with our performing solutions that meet customers' expectations," added Olivier Horaist, Hispano-Suiza chairman and chief operating officer.

The KC-390 is a twin-turbofan powered, medium-weight transport jet that can be refueled in flight and can be used for in-flight or on-ground refueling of other aircraft.

Hispano-Suiza, part of France's Safran Group, is a major player in the airborne applications of electrical power. It is specialized in the transmission of power and the management and conversion of electrical energy. Hispano-Suiza is the world's leading supplier of engine power transmissions, with a market share of nearly 60 percent of all mainline jets of more than 100 seats.

As a pioneer in the design, development and production of electronic power controllers for airborne applications, Hispano-Suiza contributes to today's major aircraft programs in conjunction with fellow Safran companies.

Embraer S.A. is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters are in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore and the United States.

Founded in 1969, the company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide.

As of June 30, Embraer had a workforce of 17,194 employees -- not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries -- and its firm order backlog totaled $15.8 billion.

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