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PAS 2011: Embraer pushes ahead with KC-390

22nd June 2011 - 09:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Embraer has announced new contractors as it pushes ahead with its KC-390 transport aircraft.

Esterline was announced at the Paris Air Show as the winner of a contract to provide the KC-390's autothrottle system. It follows the announcement just before the show that Liebherr-Aerospace would deliver the environmental and cabin pressure control systems.

Embraer says the autothrottle system consists of two throttles and integrated controls for actuating other systems. It transmits to the full authority digital engine control (FADEC) the thrust demands from the flight crew or from the automatic systems of the aircraft.

In April, Embraer announced that Argentine manufacturer FAdeA had been signed up to manufacture several components for the aircraft including the spoilers, nose landing gear doors, and the tail cone.

The KC-390 programme was launched in April 2007 using the company's experience on its E-Jet family of regional airliners. Since then the programme has become a truly international effort with support from Portugal, Argentina, and Chile.

The Brazilian Air Force plans to buy 28 examples and the type seems set to be evaluated by other air arms looking to replace increasingly elderly fleets of C-130 Hercules.

Embraer say that flight tests of the KC-390 are set to begin in around 2014 and the first examples will enter service towards the end of 2015.

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