Text in Portuguese EMBRAER - Entrega o primeiro EMB 145 AEW&C para a Índia Link
São Paulo, August 16, 2012 – Embraer Defense and Security today delivered the first EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) class of aircraft to the Government of India, in a ceremony held at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The delivery follows successful completion of ground and flight tests of the aircraft which met operational targets established by both Embraer and Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). Later on the aircraft will be delivered to the Indian Air Force after integration of missions systems of DRDO by CABS in India.
“The collaboration with DRDO in such a complex program strengthens the ties between Brazil and India”, said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President & CEO of Embraer Defense and Security. “We are very proud to meet the expectations of our clients in providing CABS, DRDO with this platform.”
“This EMB 145 AEW&C features major capabilities such as in-flight refueling system, significant increase in electric and cooling capacity and a comprehensive set of structural changes to which will allow the installation of the advanced mission systems that have been developed by India’s CABS (Centre for Air Borne Systems) along with its work centers of DRDO”, said Dr. Elangovan, Chief Controller R&D (Avionics & Aero) of DRDO.
“The success of this programme is the symbol of cooperation between India and Brazil”, said Dr. Christopher Programme Director AEW&C and Director CABS. “The airborne Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) designed and developed by CABS, is now flying on top of this modified Embraer aircraft is one example of such cooperation. CABS, DRDO will integrate all other mission systems in India and deliver it to Indian Air Force”.
Remaining AEW&C aircraft are due to be delivered to the Indian Air Force as part of a contract signed in 2008 that includes a comprehensive package for training, technical support, spare parts, and ground support equipment. These aircraft, upon entry-into-service, will join four Embraer Legacy 600 jets – currently operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the transportation of Indian government officials and foreign dignitaries – and a fifth Embraer Legacy 600 which belongs to the Border Security Force (BSF), under India’s Home Ministry.
About EMB 145 AEW&C
The EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) aircraft is a member of Embraer’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) family of aircraft and systems. It is based on the ERJ 145, one of the most successful regional jet platforms in the world, with more than 1,100 units delivered and 19 million hours flown. Embraer provides a flexible, reliable and affordable aircraft for ISR missions, with a perfect blend of effectiveness and economics. Its primary mission is to detect, track and identify targets in its patrol area and transmit this information to friendly forces, in order to provide them with an accurate and comprehensive operational picture. Therefore, the EMB 145 AEW&C can perform airspace management, fighter positioning and intercept control, signals intelligence, and surveillance of seas, borders, and Exclusive Economic Zones.
About Embraer Defense and Security
Embraer Defense and Security is a business unit of Embraer S.A., with over 40 years of experience in providing Armed Forces around the world with superior platforms and systems to aid in their defense and security. With its growing presence in the global market, the Company plays a strategic role in Brazil’s defense by supplying over 70% of the fixed-wing fleet of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). Embraer Defense and Security’s product portfolio includes military airplanes, state-of-the-art radar technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and advanced information and communications systems, such as Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications. Embraer’s airplanes and military solutions are found in service with more than 50 armed forces in 48 countries.