Embraer Selects Eaton to Supply On-Board Inert Gas Generation System for KC-390 Aircraft
12:00 AM, April 26, 2012
Embraer Defense and Security has chosen Eaton Corporation to supply the on-board inert gas generation system for the KC-390 military transport aircraft. The contract value has not been disclosed. This is the second contract awarded to Eaton on the KC-390 platform. In a separate agreement announced in 2011, Eaton will design, develop and supply airframe fuel system components for the KC-390 and provide production units and aftermarket support throughout the life of the program. “Eaton’s dual expertise in designing aircraft fuel and vent systems and certifying fuel-inerting systems was key in our selection for the KC-390 contract,” said Frank Dubey, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s fuel systems division. “Eaton’s innovation in fuel and inerting systems and our focus on expanding into emerging markets are driving global business growth. We’re excited about this opportunity to increase our content on the KC-390 platform and extend our world-class technologies to Embraer”. The on-board inert gas generation system enhances aircraft safety by injecting inert gas into fuel tanks to significantly reduce the potential for ignition sources. Within the Embraer agreements, Eaton will provide fuel system support during the KC-390 development and test phase, which is expected to be complete by 2015, and perform full system qualification and certification for the integrated fuel-inerting system.