Embraer and Netherlands Aerospace Research Agency link up for R&D


Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre have signed an agreement to share R&D resources for future aerospace research.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed this month covers research areas such in defense and space systems, general aviation, MRO (maintenance repair overhaul), air mobility, and sustainability.

The MoU also brings together the possibility for the two companies to work together on the design and development of Embraer products, such as the E-Jets family and recent E2 models, the legacy family of executive jets and the KC-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft, and programs.

According to the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center (Royal NLR) the two organisations are already discussing potential opportunities related to automated maintenance procedures for these programs.

“Embraer and NLR are long-time collaborators with each party contributing specific expertise necessary to conduct complex research and developments to be applied in advanced technologies and innovative products. This new MoU is another important step in our long-term relationship in The Netherlands and reiterates our commitment to further strengthen our collaborative partnership with NLR in a dynamic aerospace ecosystem,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security.

Michel Peters, CEO of Royal NLR, adds: “Embraer and Royal NLR have a longstanding relationship and we are happy to strengthen and extend our relation even more through this MoU. This partnership is an opportunity for both parties to address shared challenges, identify common interests and to develop innovative approaches and methods to address the issues of global aviation. I really welcome the increased cooperation between Embraer and Royal NLR, and I am looking forward to see our mutual benefit.”

In the last two decades, Embraer and Royal NLR have partnered in R&D in areas such as new materials, flight-deck technology, system development, and aerodynamics applied in the company’s leading-edge products including wind tunnel tests and advanced aero-elastic wind tunnel models.

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