Sagem selected for KC-390 HSTS
Sagem has announced that it has been selected by Embraer Defense and Security to supply the actuator system for the horizontal stabiliser trim system (HSTS) on the KC-390 military transport and tanker aircraft. Sagem made the announcement in a 22 January 2012 company statement.
The horizontal stabiliser trim system (HSTS) enables the pilot to control the horizontal stabiliser trim as efficiently as possible to keep the aircraft's attitude stable, while also minimising the aerodynamic control forces to fly the plane. The HSTS makes a critical contribution to flight safety.
Sagem’s HSTS, with electrically-driven actuators, offers more efficient electronic control of the system. According to the company, its selection reflects the emerging concept of ‘more electric’ aircraft. The system also features dual-compatibility for military and civil aircraft.
The development work on this new system will be carried out at Sagem's R&D centre in Massy, near Paris. The first flight of the KC-390 is scheduled for 2014.
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