AEL Sistemas will provide additional systems for Embraer KC-390
Sao Jose dos Campos - SP, Brazil, October 25, 2011 - Embraer Defense and Security today announced the selection of the Brazilian company AEL Sistemas, Porto Alegre, three systems to provide more jet military transport and refueling KC-390: self-protection (SPS), the directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCMD) and orientation of the pilot (HUD).
Embraer is developing the KC-390 under contract with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), which has final approval over the selection of aircraft systems considered of strategic interest, such as propulsion, avionics, mission, self-protection, handling and launching cargos, and others. Last September, E Embraer announced the selection of AEL for the provision of mission computers for the new jet. With early test flights in 2014, the first delivery of the KC-390 is scheduled for 2016.
"The KC-390 is designed to operate worldwide, under several conditions, with the same outstanding performance," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Vice President of Operations & COO, Embraer Defense and Security. "The choice of the main suppliers is an extremely relevant to achieving our commitment to making the Brazilian Air Force KC-390 aircraft of the highest technological standard, without any equivalent in the market and a product that add significant value to Brazil. "
On selected systems
The SPS provides the ability to situational awareness and survival in hostile environments, allowing the aircraft to detect and react to various threats. The KC-390 has unique requirements for survival against threats from the soil, due to launch missions grazing load, airborne assault and air infiltration and exfiltration.
The DIRCMD is the most modern system in infrared countermeasures for missiles, being the single most effective weapon against this threat. The solution offered by AEL utilizes a laser generation based on optical fiber, capable of generating a beam of infrared energy to inhibit km missiles before they threaten the KC-390. The high level of integration with SPS DIRCMD provides an optimized solution in terms of performance, installation and weight.
HUD provides information on the pilots field of view during all phases of flight. The functionality of takeoff in low visibility (LVTO) allow the KC-390 to operate safely under harsh and adverse conditions. In addition, a color camera installed in the cockpit will write the pilots vision overlapped with the information generated by HUD, for analysis of the missions.