Tuesday, November 2nd 2010 - 01:48 UTC

Argentina joins Brazil’s development of military cargo aircraft

Argentina and Brazil have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop the KC-390 twin-engine military cargo aircraft, announced Argentina’s Defense minister on Monday.

Embraer is well known for its regional and business jets

In a press release, the ministry said the two countries will negotiate the “terms and conditions” in which Argentina will manufacture KC-390 components as well as Argentina's possible acquisition of six of the aircraft.

Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica), best known for its regional and business jets, is designing the aircraft from scratch as it looks to build its military aviation business. The KC-390 has been described as a rival to Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Hercules C-130 transport aircraft, which is widely used by air forces around the world.

Since the end of August Embraer has established partnerships with four other governments--Chile, Colombia, Portugal and the Czech Republic--interested in joining the KC-390 program.

In July, the Brazilian Air Force said it would buy 28 of the jet-powered transports, and including the latest Argentine interest, the total number of orders could reach 60 aircraft, according to Embraer.

Argentina's defense ministry also said that it expects to finish the certification of a light military utility vehicle, the Gaucho, by the end of this year, with a view to start serial production. Brazil will be responsible for building the engine, and Argentina will manufacture the chassis, the ministry said.

In related news Brazil's defense minister says the final decision on what company will win a 5 billion US dollar fighter-jet contract will be made by the next administration.

Nelson Jobim said it would make no sense to make a decision now that can only be followed through by president-elect government. Previously, Jobim said President Lula da Silva would make the decision after the October 31 election.

The Rafale jet from France's Dassault is competing against Sweden's Gripen NG from Saab AB and U.S.-based Boeing Co.'s F-18 Super Hornet for the contract.
 

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1 WestisBest (#) Nov 03rd, 2010 - 09:55 am Report abuse
“Argentina's defense ministry also said that it expects to finish the certification of a light military utility vehicle, the Gaucho, by the end of this year, with a view to start serial production. Brazil will be responsible for building the engine, and Argentina will manufacture the chassis, the ministry said.”

Just remember to get the gearbox design right, that's five reverse gears gears you'll need.
;o)
2 Wireless (#) Nov 03rd, 2010 - 01:17 pm Report abuse
Whats the betting it'll have a big key to wind it up?
3 briton (#) Nov 04th, 2010 - 02:33 pm Report abuse
thats if it ever gets of the ground .
4 Pheel (#) Nov 04th, 2010 - 10:42 pm Report abuse
2 & 3
Don´t bother, your points were made by Bombardier to Embraer 15 years ago. Then, the canadians were ahead of the brazilians.
And both countries can feed on others painfull bi-national experiences!
5 briton (#) Nov 04th, 2010 - 11:16 pm Report abuse
ah but can argentina at this time, afford to keep up,
will they buy more planes and ships, or just the nomal increase
6 Wireless (#) Nov 04th, 2010 - 11:55 pm Report abuse
Still think you should have a main spring for all four engines, rather than one that drives the plastic wheels along the table while the operator blows on the propellors for effect.
7 Pheel (#) Nov 05th, 2010 - 01:11 am Report abuse
If we find technical difficulties we will hire some engineers jobless. Europe is full of them!
8 Zethee (#) Nov 06th, 2010 - 02:38 pm Report abuse
They'll require proper wages pheel.
9 leonel (#) Nov 07th, 2010 - 08:35 pm Report abuse
Embraer will do well it´s a great company, it will be an excelent plane like the other that Embraer made.

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