SYLMAR, Calif., June 27, 2011 --[ASDWire]-- Esterline Corporation, a leading specialty manufacturer serving aerospace/defense markets, today announced that its Sylmar-based Control Systems operation has been selected by Embraer Defense and Security to supply the thrust control quadrant assembly for the KC-390 military transport/tanker program. There are letters of intention for 60 aircraft to date from the Brazilian air force and other countries.
"This award means a great deal to Esterline. We are committed to supporting the Brazilian aviation industry, and greatly value our strong relationship with Embraer," said Brad Lawrence, Esterline's Chief Executive Officer.
Marketed under the Mason brand name, Esterline will be supplying the thrust control quadrant assemblies. This equipment allows the pilot to automatically control the engine thrust and aircraft speed. It can be operated manually, or with the autopilot, and interfaces directly with the FADEC (full authority digital engine control) and the aircraft avionics.
The KC-390 is a multipurpose military aircraft for missions such as troop and cargo transport, air delivery, in-flight refueling, and medical evacuation. It is scheduled for delivery to the Brazilian Air Force from late 2015. Esterline will deliver hardware for the life of the program.
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