Goodrich to provide air data, ice detection and other systems for KC-390 military transport aircraft

Embraer KC-390CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 8, 2012. Embraer has selected Goodrich Corp. (NYSE: GR), a supplier of systems and services to aerospace and defense companies, to provide the air data system, ice detector, windshield ice protection controller, and the fuel quantity gauging and control system for the Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft. Initial hardware deliveries are expected to begin in 2013. The systems will be provided by Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems teams in Minnesota and Vermont.

The air data system includes SmartProbe products and total air temperature sensors. The SmartProbe system combines an air data computer and multi-function air data probe functionality into a single unit, providing air data parameters to the aircraft's flight control system, pilot displays and other air data dependent systems.


The ice detectors advise flight crews of ice build-up for activation of the aircraft's ice protection system.

The fuel quantity gauging and control system provides data on the fuel quantity on the aircraft. The system is designed for flight deck control of both on-ground and in-flight fueling and defueling. Test and fault detection capabilities are integrated into the system.

Goodrich had previously been selected to design and manufacture electro-hydrostatic actuators (EHAs), electro-backup hydrostatic actuators (EBHAs), actuator electronics and electrical controls for the primary flight control system of the aircraft.

The KC-390 is a medium-size, twin-engine, jet-powered military transport aircraft that is being developed by Embraer. The aircraft will be capable of operating from semi-prepared and short runways. The first prototype of the KC-390 is expected to be produced in 2014.


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