AEL to provide systems for KC-390
Elbit System’s Brazilian subsidiary AEL Sistemas has been awarded development contracts by Embraer for the KC-390 military transport and refuel jet, according to a press release issued by the company on 26 October. The contracts will see AEL provide Embraer with three separate systems, valued at $25 million: a Self-Protection Suite (SPS); Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM); and pilot orientation Head-Up Display (HUD).
The contract follows the earlier selection of AEL as the provider for the KC-390 mission computer.
Shlomo Erez, AEL's President, commented on the new contracts: ‘We are very proud to have been selected to provide EMBRAER's KC-390 with our cutting edge technological systems – the SPS, DIRCM and HUD – in addition to the mission computer that has already been selected.’
EMBRAER is developing the KC-390 under contract with the Brazilian Air Force. With the initial test flights planned for 2014; and the initial delivery of KC-390 planned for 2016.
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