Embraer and GMV, from Portugal, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a cooperation in the field of systems development and integration for defense products and services, mainly regarding the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft program. The MoU also includes a potential joint research, technology development, and innovation process, intending to extend and increase long-term business relations between the companies during the concept, design, development, production, and support phases.
New businesses, development and integration of navigation systems, Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) development, and software development are also under discussion between the two companies, which intend to exchange and disclose certain information regarding their experiences, capabilities, products, systems, and services. In the specific area of R&D focused on IMA, the relationship has been ongoing for more than 15 years, including projects under the scope of the European Union’s research framework.
Embraer has a long-term strategic commitment with Portugal in the development of its aerospace and defense ecosystem. It remains the country where the company continues its most significant industrial capacity investment outside of Brazil.
The most recent example has been an investment of 74 million euros in OGMA S.A., allowing the company to become certified for the maintenance of Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines used by the new generation of commercial aircraft. This agreement will create 300 jobs and could triple the annual turnover of OGMA to 600 million euros. It also reflects Embraer’s interest in expanding the scope of its activities in Portugal,, thus, adding value to the country’s economy.
In line with this strategy, several initiatives were put in place earlier in the year, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with idD Portugal Defence and ETI for cooperation in technology development in the respective areas of expertise. With the projects under development, Embraer will work with its partners to address strategic priorities of Portugal in Defense, including advanced training, development of dual-use technologies and digitization transformation.