Em­braer de­liv­ers first AEW&C air­craft to In­dia


Em­braer De­fense and Se­cu­rity on Au­gust 16 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 and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO). Later on the air­craft will be de­liv­ered to the In­dian Air Force (IAF) af­ter in­te­gra­tion of mis­sions sys­tems of DRDO by CABS in In­dia.

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion with DRDO in such a com­plex pro­gramme 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 re­fu­elling 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 along with its work cen­tres of DRDO”, said Dr Elan­go­van, Chief Con­troller R&D (Avion­ics & Aero) of DRDO.

Re­main­ing AEW&C air­craft are due to be de­liv­ered to the IAF 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 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 the Home Min­istry.

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