Military Logistics

Thales INS and GPS selected for KC-390

4th May 2012 - 15:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Thales has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Embraer Defence and Security to provide the Inertial Navigation System (INS) and the GPS of the KC-390 military transport aircraft. The company made the announcement 4th May, 2012.

Under the contract, Thales will provides its High Performance Inertial Reference System (HPIRS), which combines advantages of a civil certified product with the performance expected by military aircraft. It allows military aircraft to successfully conduct missions by flying in all weather conditions, with high safety levels; and enables a ‘significant reduction’ in life cycle and maintenance costs. According to Thales, its modular design enables its installation on a large range of civil and military aircraft.

Embraer is developing the KC-390 under contract with the Brazilian Air Force. The test flights are planned for 2014 with the initial delivery of KC-390 in 2016.

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