Sagem (Safran group) selected by Embraer for KC-390 horizontal stabilizer trim system
Paris, January 20, 2012
Brazilian company Embraer Defense and Security has chosen the actuator system made by Sagem (Safran group) for the horizontal stabilizer trim system (HSTS) on their new KC-390 military transport and tanker aircraft. The first flight of the KC-390 is scheduled for 2014.
The horizontal stabilizer trim system enables the pilot to control the horizontal stabilizer trim as efficiently as possible to keep the aircraft's attitude stable, while also minimizing the aerodynamic control forces to fly the plane. The HSTS makes a critical contribution to flight safety, and the innovative solution developed by Sagem, with electrically-driven actuators, offers more efficient electronic control of the system.
The decisive factors in Embraer's choice of this system were the Sagem's cost competitiveness and the proven ability of the company to produce a high-performance and integrated system.
According to Sagem Chairman and CEO Philippe Petitcolin, " Embraer's choice confirms the technology decisions we have made concerning next-generation electrical actuators. Our system selected for this aircraft fully reflects the emerging concept of 'more electric' aircraft. Another feature is its dual technology compatibility, since it will be equally at home on tomorrow's military or civil aircraft."
The development work on this new system will be carried out at Sagem's R&D center in Massy, near Paris.
Sagem, a high-tech company in the Safran group, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,000 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.
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