RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Finmeccanica company Selex ES is on track to form a joint venture with AEL Sistemas to collaborate on support and development of airborne radar technologies in Brazil.
The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday at the LAAD defense and security show here. They said the move reflected the progress they are making toward formation of a joint venture aimed at tackling Brazilian and regional radar markets.
Initially aimed at in-country maintenance and support of the Selex-designed Gabbiano T20 radar, the venture will expand to cover development of technologies in radar, avionics and security sectors.
The Gabbiano M-scan system already is designated as the surveillance radar for the Embraer KC-390 airlifter expected to make its maiden flight in 2014. The radar is also used in Brazilian unmanned air vehicles, Selex revealed in its statement.
AEL is a joint company owned by Elbit of Israel and Embraer.
Selex also announced that, together with local partner Engeletrica Sul, it had sold nine Meteor 1600 weather radars to the Brazilian Center for Monitoring and Warnings of Natural Disasters in a deal worth 27 million euros.
Aleniamacchi, the Finmeccanica trainer producer, also took the opportunity to announce it had signed a three-year, 58-million-euro contract with the Brazilian Air Force to provide support services for AMX combat jets, known locally here as the A-1.
The deal is part of a larger program to guarantee full operational capability on the A-1 fleet for the next 20 years.