Embraer Defense and Security has selected Liebherr-Aerospace for the advanced environmental and cabin pressure control systems of the KC-390 military transport aircraft.
“Liebherr-Aerospace has the best solution in latest-generation environmental and cabin pressure control systems, which was chosen to provide greater operational efficiency for Embraer’s KC-390,” said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Sr. Vice President Operations & COO, Embraer Defense and Security. “This new defense and security partnership further expands the long-standing relationship between Embraer and Liebherr-Aerospace.”
The systems will be developed and manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, in Toulouse, France, Liebherr’s worldwide center of excellence for air management systems, and will feature integrated control architecture together with high-reliability, high-performance, lightweight pneumatic and mechanical components.
“Embraer’s selection of our environmental and cabin pressure control systems will provide crew and troops with the most advanced air management system, enabling optimized conditions, as well as proven robustness under all of the aircraft’s operating situations,” said Francis Niss, President of Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS. “The KC-390 program will benefit from the outstanding experience gained over the past decades by Liebherr-Aerospace in the design, production and service of air management systems for the most demanding military transport aircraft.”
Flight tests of the KC-390, with the new environmental and cabin pressure control systems, are expected to begin in 2014, and the aircraft should go into service at the end of 2015.
Liebherr-Aerospace is a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry. Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS, Toulouse, France, is one of nine divisional control companies within the Liebherr Group and coordinates all activities in the aerospace and transportation systems sectors.
Liebherr-Aerospace has more than five decades of experience. The range of aviation equipment produced by Liebherr for the civil and military sectors includes flight control/actuation, landing gear and air management systems. They are deployed in wide-bodied, single-aisle and regional aircraft, business jets, combat aircraft, military transporters and training airplanes, and civilian and combat helicopters.
Liebherr’s aerospace and transportation systems division employs almost 4,000 people. It has three aviation equipment production plants: in Lindenberg (Germany), Toulouse (France) and Guaratinguetá (Brazil). These sites offer worldwide service with additional customer service centers in Saline (Michigan, USA), Seattle (Washington, USA), Wichita (Kansas, USA), Montreal (Canada), Hamburg (Germany), Moscow (Russia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Singapore, and Shanghai (People’s Republic of China). A new Liebherr production site is currently under construction in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).
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