GMV strengthens cooperation with Embraer on A-29, A-29N aircraft

Source: GMV, Defence Industry Europe

GMV and several Portuguese companies (Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento de Produto, Empordef Tecnologias de Informação, and OGMA - Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal S.A.) signed a memorandum of understanding with Embraer in Portugal during the four-day state visit to the country by Brazilian President Lula da Silva, which was also attended by Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, as well as other political and business figures. José Neves, GMV’s Defense and Security Manager in Portugal, also attended the signing, which took place on 24 April at the OGMA’s facilities.

GMV and Embraer have been collaborating for over 15 years on research and development in the area of integrated modular avionics (IMA), including projects within the European Union. An MOU had already been signed in September last year. Now this partnership has been renewed with the intention of extending the ties of cooperation with new business, new technological developments, and new defense strategies.

According to Bosco da Costa Júnior, the president and CEO of Embraer Defesa & Segurança, “With the signing of this memorandum of understanding, we take today another important step in the continued development of technologies associated with the A-29 Super Tucano.”

The A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft is used by 15 air forces around the world, including in the United States, the armed forces of Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Angola.

However, this MOU extends beyond the companies’ potential strategic relationship as regards development and systems integration for the A-29 Super Tucano. It also encompasses the A-29N model, which was recently launched to meet the needs of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries. This includes research, technological development, and innovation processes intended to expand and increase long-term business relationships between the companies during the development, production, and operational support phases of the A-29N aircraft.

Embraer is thus reinforcing its long-term strategic commitment to Portugal and the development of its aerospace and defense ecosystem.

GMV intends to continue developing and pushing the boundaries of aeronautics, taking on an important role in the defense and security sector. In-house solutions and engineering services for the development of state-of-the-art systems and programs form part of its aeronautics sector portfolio, at all times meeting the highest standards.



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