Hispano-Suiza (Safran group) selected by Embraer for the KC-390 program

Colombes, September 29, 2011

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected Hispano-Suiza (Safran group) to supply the Emergency Electric Power Generator System (EEPGS) for its upcoming KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling jet.

Hispano-Suiza will supply the complete system, composed of the following:

  • Ram Air Turbine (RAT);
  • RAT electric generator and generator control unit;
  • RAT actuation system (deployment and restow mechanism)

The Ram Air Turbine System will convert air stream in electric power for the loads that are essential for continued safe flight and landing in case of emergency. With this program, Safran increases its leadership in the supply of more electrical systems.

"This mission-critical system has been entrusted to Hispano-Suiza, based on its long history of providing solutions for aviation," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Vice President Operations and COO, Embraer Defense and Security. "Whether for military or humanitarian airlift or refueling situations, the KC-390 will be ensured safe continued flight or landing capabilities under emergency conditions."

"We are delighted to start a new partnership with Embraer in this innovative and ambitious aircraft program, and to contribute in the success of this aircraft with our performing solutions that meet customers expectations," stated Olivier Horaist, Hispano-Suiza Chairman and CEO.

Gérald Farrenc, Safran Senior Vice President Brazil Programs, added "This latest mark of trust from Embraer clearly reflects the ability of Safran group's companies to satisfy its requirements and reinforces our two Groups' partnership."

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.


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 informations : 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 June 30, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,194 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled USD 15.8 billion

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