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Leading global defense electronics company joins other world-class suppliers


São José dos Campos, September 8, 2011 – Embraer Defense and Security has chosen another world-class company – SELEX Galileo, from Italy – to supply the mission radar system for the military airlifter and tanker jet KC-390.

“As we move forward with the challenging phase of selecting suppliers for key systems of the KC-390, we are proud of the results achieved,” said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Sr. Vice President Operations & COO, Embraer Defense and Security. “We believe that SELEX Galileo has the expertise, background and global reach to be a solid partner in Embraer’s KC-390 program.”

The Gabbiano Tactical Radar, model T-20, from SELEX Galileo, uses state-of-the-art technology to complete all KC-390 missions. Employing a transmitter that uses the new SSA (Solid State Amplifier) technology, this radar has the advantage of higher MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures), while presenting reduced energy consumption, weight, volume, and maintenance costs.

“We are working with Embraer on a number of airborne programs, and are particularly proud of the selection of this advanced radar sensor as a baseline for Embraer’s new airlifter aircraft. The KC-390 is poised to play a key role in the tactical airlift market, worldwide, and we are pleased to be part of it,” said Fabrizio Giulianini, CEO of SELEX Galileo, adding: “We are also confident that becoming a partner in this program will open up the opportunity to further expand our collaboration with Embraer and our footprint in the country.”

About SELEX Galileo

SELEX Galileo (, a Finmeccanica company, is a leader in the defense electronics market, with a distinctive strength in airborne mission critical systems and a wide range of capabilities for the battlefield and for homeland security applications.

Supplying and supporting equipment in-country around the world, the company is a truly global business. Its 7,000-strong international workforce is able to build close relationships with customers across five continents, allowing SELEX Galileo to respond to the specific needs of those on the front line.

SELEX Galileo invests 15% of revenues in research and development, and in doing so is able to stay at the forefront of defense electronics technology. A number of recognized centers of excellence in technology development, as well as partnerships with governments, academic institutions and research centers allow the company to offer pioneering approaches to customers.