Aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force have selected us to provide active side sticks as part of the overall cockpit controls for the KC-390 military transport aircraft.
The contract award is a strategic win for us, as well as an important milestone in relations between the tri-nations - Brazil, the United States, and the United Kingdom, as Embraer’s multinational KC-390 tactical air transport program is our first commercial “stick-to-surface” fly-by-wire implementation.
In 2011, we were chosen to provide flight control electronics for the aircraft.
We are very pleased that Embraer Defense and Security and the Brazilian Air Force have selected our fifth generation active side stick
Dr. Ehtisham Siddiqui, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Aircraft Solutions
The KC-390 is a twin-turbofan powered medium-weight transport jet that can be used for in-flight or on-ground refueling of aircraft. The Electronic Systems sector of BAE Systems, headquartered in Nashua, New Hamshire, has more than 20 years of experience developing and producing active control technologies.
The company’s active side sticks have additional discriminating features and benefits over existing conventional pilot control technologies, including electrical linking between pilot and co-pilot and changes in the force-feel characteristic depending on the flight modes and condition of the aircraft.
This additional contract with BAE Systems on the KC-390 flight controls reinforces our commitment to fitting the airplane with state-of-the-art equipment. Relying on BAE Systems’ extensive experience in this field will help us build the best solution for our customers
Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Senior Vice President Operations & COO, Embraer Defense and Security
Four decades of experience
With more than four decades of experience in developing and producing fly-by-wire systems, we have more than 20,000 systems in service on commercial and military aircraft around the world
The company will now provide software, hardware, system design, and support integration of the active sticks and flight control electronics on the KC-390 aircraft. Development of the ITAR-free civil-certified active stick system that is being supplied for the KC-390 will be performed at BAE Systems’ facility in Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom.
The Electronic Systems sector was also selected in 2011 to provide flight control electronics for the KC-390. Under that contract, the company is developing a full-authority digital flight control system that provides fly-by-wire flight control. Development of the system will be performed at the company’s transatlantic facilities in Rochester, U.K., and Endicott, N.Y.