Elbit Systems Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A., was awarded a $25 million contract from Embraer subsidiary Embraer Defense and Security to provide Self-Protection Suite (SPS), Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) and pilot orientation Head-Up Display (HUD) for the new KC-390 military transport and refuel jet. This selection is in addition to the earlier selection of AEL as the provider of the mission computer for the new jet.
Embraer is developing the KC-390 under contract with the Brazilian Air Force. With the initial test flights planned for 2014, the initial delivery of KC-390 planned for 2016.
“The KC-390 is being projected to operate all over the world, under several conditions, with the same outstanding performance," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, operations vice president and chief operating officer, Embraer Defense and Security. “The selection of the main suppliers is a extremely relevant process to achieve our commitment with Brazilian Air Force, in making KC-390 an aircraft of the highest technological standard, without similar in the market, and a product that will add significant value to Brazil."