Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) systems and equipment chosen for Embraer KC-390

Le Bourget, June 23, 2011 – Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) to supply a number of key landing systems and equipment for its upcoming KC-390 transport and tanker aircraft.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will supply the following:

  • eight wheels and carbon brakes on the main landing gear and two wheels on the nose landing gear;
  • braking control system;
  • nose wheel steering manifold;
  • hydraulic components for the landing gear extension/retraction system.

This is the first equipment and systems contract to benefit from an integrated offer by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. With this program, the company also confirms its leadership in the supply of carbon brakes for military tankers and refuelling aircraft.

"The choice of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will provide the necessary toughness to meet the demanding requirements of the KC-390 applications," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Sr. Vice President Operations and COO, Embraer Defense and Security. "The experience of this company, together with the highly integrated development process with Embraer, will result in the best solution, in terms of operations and maintenance costs, thus contributing to making the KC-390 highly competitive."

"We are delighted to start a new partnership with Embraer in this innovative and ambitious aircraft program, and to contribute systems and equipment that will lower the total life cycle cost and increase the dispatch reliability of the KC-390." said Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Chairman and CEO Alain Sauret,

Gérald Farrenc, Safran Senior Vice President Brazil Programs, added: "This collaboration on the KC-390 program reinforces the working relationship between Embraer and Safran, bringing a more strategic and global vision to our partnership over the long term."

The announcement was made today at the Paris Airshow between M. Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto and Alain Sauret, and attended by Marc Ventre, Safran Chief Operating Officer.

The KC-390 is a medium-sized military cargo aircraft designed for both humanitarian and logistical missions, and is capable of carrying up to 23 tons and ensure in-flight refuelling.


Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group), is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of our products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a partner to 33 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 22,000 aircraft making over 35,000 landings every day. The company employs 6,250 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

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 March 31, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,253 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled USD 16.0 billion.

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