Wide-Ranging MoU Covers Defence and Dual-Use Research
The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Embraer have signed an MoU that will see the two entities collaborating on a diverse range of defence research and development work.
The deal, signed at the Netherlands’ consulate in São Paulo, will see the partners working on “future developments of defence and dual-use products and services in air, sea, land and space domains [and] may include joint research technology development, and innovation process,” according to an Embraer statement.
“We see multiple opportunities to extend the cooperation and to jointly develop advanced technologies and innovations for a safe and secure society. We are looking forward to [using] our complementary knowledge and technologies in the defense and security domain for mutual benefit,” commented Marja Eijkman, TNO’s Managing Director for defence, safety and security.
“We truly believe that this MoU can generate a lot of value for both parties,” added Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defence & Security. “We have seen a great synergy between TNO and Embraer related to our [companies’ complementary] defense and security expertise. Also, we believe that together we can advance in research in fields such as autonomy and artificial intelligence, which are very important for us.”
The deal is the latest in a string of similar tie-ups between Embraer and Dutch aerospace and defence entities. In November, the company signed an MoU with the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center, intended to include input on the design and development of business jets and the KC-390 MILLENIUM multi-mission aircraft. In September, an MoU was signed between Embraer and the Netherlands Aerospace Group, a trade association focusing on airports, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance.