Safran to supply electrical power distribution system and electrical integration for KC-390

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected Hispano-Suiza (Safran group) to supply the electrical power distribution system, as well as the complete aircraft electrical power system integration for its upcoming KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling jet. Hispano-Suiza will supply: -- the Primary Electrical Power Distribution System (PEPDS): the PEPDS gathers the electrical power from various sources (engine's gear box main generators, auxiliary generator, emergency generator, main batteries, and external power carts), protects the aircraft systems and supplies the electrical power network; -- the Secondary Power Distribution System (SPDS), which distributes the electrical power to aircraft equipments; -- The complete aircraft Electrical Power System (EPS) integration, covering generation, conversion, primary and secondary distribution and Emergency Electrical Power Generation System (EEPGS) for the KC-390. "This new supply contract with Hispano-Suiza reinforces the good relationship between the companies. We are confident that this partnership will support Embraer's commitment to deliver a best-in-class military airlifter and tanker jet, which will offer the flexibility and robustness to operate under a broad range of harsh conditions," said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Sr. Vice President Operations and COO, Embraer Defense and Security. "We are delighted about this new selection from Embraer, which strengthens our partnership as main aircraft electrical systems provider on this program," stated Olivier Horaist, Hispano-Suiza Chairman and CEO. Gerald Farrenc, Safran Senior Vice President Brazil Programs, added: "This selection is the Safran's third collaboration for the KC-390 program, after having been chosen to supply key landing systems and the Emergency Electrical Power Generation System (EEPGS).This new contract widens our partnership with Embraer and greatly reinforces Safran's positioning in aircraft electrical systems." 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.

Source: Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Nov 14, 2011