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Embraer Defense and Security names DRS Defense Solutions as KC-390 supplier

Embraer Defense and Security signed a contract with DRS Defense Solutions for designing, developing, testing, and producing the KC-390 Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery System (CHS/ADS), as well as providing its aftermarket support. The work will be performed by DRS Training & Control Systems in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in the U.S.

"Embraer is proud to announce DRS Defense Solutions as the first supplier for the KC-390," said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President, Embraer Defense and Security. "After a rigorous evaluation process, we are sure that DRS offers the best solution for the KC-390 airlifter."

The CHS/ADS system will be an integral part of the KC-390 aircraft for moving and transporting palletized cargo and rolling stock, enable aerial delivery missions, using parachute extraction or gravity modes. The system will consist of electromechanical locks, electronic master control, involving software certification RTCA DO-178 level-A, retractable guide rails, flip-over rollers, tie down rings and structural floor panels with high load capacity.

"We are very pleased to win a position within the KC-390 program and enter a strategic partnership with Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force for this new aircraft," said Richard Danforth, President and CEO of DRS Defense Solutions.

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, and Portugal have already begun discussions to establish the conditions for their participation in the development and production of the new military transport jet. In July of 2010, the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) revealed its intention to acquire 28 of the jets. The six countries could result in the aggregate sale of 60 KC-390 airplanes.

Press release issued by Embraer-Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. on March 22, 2011

 

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Embraer-Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. Airframer
DRS Training & Control Systems, Inc. Test Equipment, Signal Generator Test Equipment, Aircraft Structural Components, Metal Structures, Communication Antennas, Cargo Systems

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Embraer KC-390

 

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Structural Components

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