U.S. auxiliary power unit for KC-390
A medium-lift transport being developed for the Brazilian air force will carry an auxiliary power unit by U.S. company Hamilton Sundstrand's Power Systems.
The APU to be supplied to Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer for the KC-390 is a militarized version of a commercial Hamilton Sundstrand product.
"Hamilton Sundstrand is proud to continue its partnership with Embraer as the primary APU supplier and to provide equipment for this modern military aircraft to Embraer Defense and Security and, ultimately, the Brazilian air force," said Eileen Drake, vice president and general manager, Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems.
"The selection of this state-of-the-art military auxiliary power unit for the KC-390 follows closely on our award as Embraer's Supplier of the Year for mechanical systems, based on our technical capability and cost effectiveness."
The KC-390, due to enter service with the Brazilian air force in 2016, is a twin-engine jet transport aircraft designed to carry as much as 23 tons of cargo or troops. It is 111 feet long and a range of more than 1,300 miles. Embraer said the aircraft was being designed to double as a fuel tanker.
Hamilton Sundstrand said the value of the APU program is projected to be as much as $300 million.
The Brazilian military is expected to purchase 28 transporters.
Source: San Diego, 20 January 2012 - United Press International / Security Industry News (www.upi.com)
Photo: The Brazilian Air Force Embraer KC-390 (Photo by Leanardo Jobes / defensabrasil.com)