Embraer Defense and Security and the Argentine company FAdeA signed a partnership contract, today, for the KC-390 program. The announcement was made during a press conference held at LAAD Defense and Security 2011 (laadexpo.com), taking place in Rio de Janeiro. The agreement states that FAdeA will manufacture the spoilers (plates on the top surface of a wing for controlling wing lift), doors for the nose landing gear, ramp door, flap fairings, tail cone, and electronic cabinet.
“FAdeA’s participation in the KC-390 program strengthens the cooperation between the defense technological and industrial bases of both countries, strictly in line with Brazil’s National Defense Strategy (Estratégia Nacional de Defesa – END),” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defense and Security.
This agreement arises from the Declaration of Intent signed by the Brazilian and Argentine Ministries of Defense in October 2010, whose scope reinforces the commitment of the Argentine government to acquire six KC-390 aircraft. The development program of the aircraft is moving ahead as planned. Production of the first prototype should begin in 2013 and the first flight take place in 2014.
“This contract brings the aeronautical industries of both countries together and opens excellent possibilities for our recently recuperated company and for boosting trade relations between the two largest countries in the region,” said Jaime Saiegh, President of FAdeA.
Heir to the traditional Fábrica Militar de Aviones (FMA), the Fábrica Argentina de Aviões (FAdeA) “Brigadier San Martín” (FAdeA.com.ar) designs, manufactures, modernizes and performs maintenance on civilian and military aircraft, produces airplane parts, and executes a number of engineering services.
FAdeA’s industrial center is located in the vicinity of the city of Cordoba, which has a long industrial tradition and is home to renowned universities and technical training institutions, especially in the area of aeronautics, meaning the company can count on a highly qualified work force. FAdeA has over 80 years of experience in aviation development, and throughout its history it has manufactured more than 1,500 aircraft in its facilities, including its own projects, as well as others under license agreements.
The company currently is a state-owned corporation, which was founded at the end of 2009 on the initiative of the Argentine government, for the purpose of taking back the management of this important industrial center that had been previously ceded to a private company under concession.
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