Safran selected by Embraer to supply the electrical power distribution system and electrical integration for the KC-390

Colombes, November 14, 2011

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected Hispano-Suiza (Safran group) to supply the electrical power distribution system, as well as the complete aircraft electrical power system integration for its upcoming KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling jet.

Hispano-Suiza will supply:

  • the Primary Electrical Power Distribution System (PEPDS): the PEPDS gathers the electrical power from various sources (engine's gear box main generators, auxiliary generator, emergency generator, main batteries, and external power carts), protects the aircraft systems and supplies the electrical power network;
  • the Secondary Power Distribution System (SPDS), which distributes the electrical power to aircraft equipments;
  • The complete aircraft Electrical Power System (EPS) integration, covering generation, conversion, primary and secondary distribution and Emergency Electrical Power Generation System (EEPGS) for the KC-390.

"This new supply contract with Hispano-Suiza reinforces the good relationship between the companies. We are confident that this partnership will support Embraer's commitment to deliver a best-in-class military airlifter and tanker jet, which will offer the flexibility and robustness to operate under a broad range of harsh conditions," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Sr. Vice President Operations and COO, Embraer Defense and Security.

"We are delighted about this new selection from Embraer, which strengthens our partnership as main aircraft electrical systems provider on this program," stated Olivier Horaist, Hispano-Suiza Chairman and CEO.

Gérald Farrenc, Safran Senior Vice President Brazil Programs, added: "This selection is the Safran's third collaboration for the KC-390 program, after having been chosen to supply key landing systems and the Emergency Electrical Power Generation System (EEPGS).This new contract widens our partnership with Embraer and greatly reinforces Safran's positioning in aircraft electrical systems."

The KC-390 is a twin-turbofan powered medium-weight transport jet that can be refueled in flight and can be used for in-flight or on-ground refueling of other aircraft.


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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has more than 54,000 employees and generated sales of 10.8 billion euros in 2010. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets.
The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.2 billion euros in 2010.
Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the CAC 40.
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Hispano-Suiza (Safran group) is a major player in the airborne applications of electrical power. It is specialized in the transmission of power, and the management and conversion of electrical energy. Hispano-Suiza is the world's leading supplier of engine power transmissions, with a market share of nearly 60% of all mainline jets (over 100 seats). As a pioneer in the design, development and production of electronic power controllers for airborne applications, Hispano-Suiza contributes to today's major aircraft programs in conjunction with fellow Safran companies (A380, Boeing 787, A400M), and leads Group developments for tomorrow's "more electric" aircraft.
For more information,www.hispano-suiza-sa.com.

Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,204 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled USD 16 billion.
For more information, visit www.embraer.com.

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