Embraer unveils EMB-145 AEW&C for India
Embraer presented the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms, today, to representatives of the Indian government at a ceremony held at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Based on the proven Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet, the aircraft features an in-flight refueling system, SATCOM capability, a significant increase in electrical and cooling capacities, and a comprehensive set of aerodynamic and structural changes. These improvements will allow the installation of the advanced electronic systems currently being developed by India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) under CABS (Centre for Airborne Systems) coordination.
Following its official presentation, the aircraft will start intensive ground and flight tests. The ferry flight to India is scheduled for the second semester of this year, where it will receive the equipment being developed by the DRDO. Today, four Embraer Legacy 600 jets are operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the transportation of Indian VIPs and foreign dignitaries, and a fifth Embraer Legacy 600 is in service with the Border Security Force (BSF), under India’s Home Ministry.
Ten EMB 145 AEW&C aircraft have already been delivered to three air forces, worldwide. The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) operates five aircraft under the Amazon Surveillance System (Sistema de Vigilância da Amazônia – SIVAM). Another aircraft is in service in Mexico with the National Defense Department (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional – SEDENA), and the Hellenic Air Force (Greece) has ordered four jets to be operated within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) environment.