Embraer Defense & Security is a leading aerospace and defence company in Latin America. With a growing presence on the global market, its products and solutions are also present in more than 60 countries.

Over the past ten years, diversification was a big deal for Embraer Defense & Security. Known worldwide for its military aviation products such as the Tucano trainer and the A-29 Super Tucano, the company decided to invest in a diversified product portfolio that covers a full line of integrated solutions and applications. This includes command and control center (C4I); radars; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); and space; right up to the C-390 Millennium multi-mission transport aircraft.

As the defence arm of Embraer, the company has a growing presence on the global market, with Embraer Defense & Security products and solutions being presented in more than 60 countries.

Headquartered in Brazil and with more than 50 years of history, Embraer designs, develops and manufactures aircraft and systems for commercial, executive, and defence and security markets, providing innovative solutions.

In its path for diversification, Embraer also acquired some companies, such as ATECH, the main expertise of which lies in the development of new solutions with applications in the areas of air traffic, command and control systems, instrumentation and control systems, and embedded systems and simulators.

ATECH is part of Águas Azuis Consortium, formed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Embraer Defense & Security, selected by the Brazilian navy for the construction of four defence ships in the Tamandaré Corvettes Class Programme.

Investment in cybersecurity

In its strategy to grow in related fields, Embraer Defense & Security believes that there is a growing demand for cybersecurity solutions in the global defense market. Therefore, the company announced a contract for a capital investment in Tempest Security Intelligence. The largest cybersecurity company in Brazil, Tempest positions itself as a provider of complete solutions for business protection in the digital world. By investing in Tempest, Embraer seeks to enhance the company’s prospects for growth and expansion in both Brazil and abroad.

Strong presence in the skies

Although invested in diversification, the company maintained the development of state-of-the-art aircraft. The shining star in this constellation is the new-generation multi-mission transport aircraft C-390 Millennium that brings unrivalled mobility, quick reconfiguration, high availability and improved flight safety, all in a single, unique platform. The C-390, which in its air-to-air refuelling (AAR) configuration is designated KC-390, is fully operational with the Brazilian air force. Since receiving its first aircraft in 2019, the Brazilian air force has deployed the KC-390 on several critical missions in Brazil and abroad, increasing the range of missions. In August of 2020, the aircraft flew to Lebanon, carrying medical supplies, food and health equipment in response to the devastating explosions that destroyed Beirut’s harbour.

The most recent achievement for the C-390 Millennium was the agreement signed with the Hungarian government for two units. This is the second contract with a Nato nation in Europe, after the Portuguese air force chose the aircraft in 2019. Deliveries for both countries are scheduled to start in 2023.

Additionally, the A-29 Super Tucano, light-attack, surveillance and advanced training aircraft still represents the gold standard in its field. It is a combat-proven platform selected by more than 15 air forces around the globe, including the US air force (USAF). The Philippines air force became the most recent operator of this aircraft in the world.

Looking towards the future, based on the bestseller Praetor 600 executive jet, Embraer also sees relevant sales opportunities for the P600 AEW in specific markets. Investing in a diversified business portfolio of defence and security, with innovative solutions, Embraer is ready to better meet the global defence markets’ needs, which go far beyond aircraft.