Brazilian manufacturer Embraer Defense has added more international partners to icts marketing program for KC-390, Said to be a cheaper alternative to Lockheed Martin's C-130J.
The C-130J tactical updates the Internationally renowned transportation workhorse C-130 Hercules, the four-engine turboprop military transportation aircraft That was designed and built by Originally Lockheed precursor to Lockheed Martin.
The fast-aging C-130, modified in more than 40 versions since it first flew in the 1950s, is still used by more than 60 nations worldwide goal the tactical air transport market HAS expanded with the entry of rivals. The Hercules family still claims the longest continuous run of Production Any military aircraft in history.
Embraer says it can Compete against rivals MOST Including Lockheed Martin's C-130J. The Brazilian planemaker has-been recruiting international partners as share of a strategy to boost the competitive edge icts contender for KC-390.
The old C-130 beat off competition from Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Soviet / Russian Tupolev Tu-95 and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. Lockheed Martin's updated C-130J Super Hercules can perform in-flight refueling, air-to-refueling and tanking. Embraer says it hopes to give icts KC-390 All Those features plus more.
Embraer says icts aircraft will command a lift of 23 tons against 20 tons for MOST Competitors, Which include the larger Airbus A400M, Russia's AN-12, Chinese prototype Yun-8/9 and smaller aircraft That Represent indirect competition.
Embraer is icts Extending efforts and markets by crafting a jet-powered transportation medium with a cargo capacity of around 23 tons, that 'can be refueled in the air, and can Provide refueling services to other aircraft by dedicated Adding pods, the Defense Industry Daily Said icts on website.
"The KC-390 HAS now Become a multinational effort, and may be shaping up as the C-130 's most wonderful future competitor," Defense Industry Daily said.
"A potential tie-up with Boeing just underscored the seriousness of Embraer's effort."
The Boeing Co. and Embraer Announced in June last year year agreement to Collaborate on the KC-390 aircraft program.
The two companies Agreed to share technical knowledge and specific markets Evaluate Where they may join Their sales efforts for medium-lift military transportation opportunities.
Boeing says it can bring to Embraer icts experience in military transportation and air refueling aircraft, as well as knowledge of potential markets for the KC-390.
Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president and chief executive officer of Embraer Defesa e Seguranca, says the agreement will Strengthen the "KC-390's prominent position in the global military transportation market."
Embraer says global demand for tactical transportation aircraft That can replace the C-130 planes and other transportation Exceeds 700 aircraft.
In 2011 Embraer signed a contract with DRS Defense Solutions for designing, Developing, Producing and testing the KC-390 cargo handling and aerial delivery system. The work will be Performed by DRS Training and Control Systems in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Some of the structural carrier's flat share will come from Portuguese companies Effective year agreement signed by Embraer and OGMA, or Industria Aeronautica de Portugal, and Empresa de Engenharia Aeronautica.
A declaration of intent entre le Brazilian and Portuguese Ministries of defense, signed in September 2010, the contract Preceded, Which emphasizes Portugal's commitment to purchasing KC-390 airplanes.
The Brazilian company AEL Sistemas, based in Porto Alegre, is another partner Supplying components for the KC-390.
"The KC-390 is designed to operate Being all over the world, in different scenarios, with the same outstanding performance," Eduardo Bonini Santos Embraer's Pinto said.