IAF for more Embraer Legacy jets
The Indian Air Force is in the process of drawing up a requirement for additional Embraer ECJ-135 Legacy jets for VVIP transport. In addition to the four already in service with the Delhi-based Communication Squadron dedicated to VVIP transport, the IAF is of the view that increased duties have compelled the formulation of a fresh requirement. The numbers are not certain yet, though it is likely that the IAF will be looking for four more aircraft. The BSF also operates one Embraer ECJ-135 Legacy.
The Embraers have served well in IAF service and have proven to be a pleasant surprise for maintenance crew. The Embraers are complemented in the squadron by 3 Boeing 737-based BBJs. Embraer has also got a substantial amount of business from the Indian airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) programme, in which it has been contracted to supply three (one already delivered and in flight test) modified ERJ-145 airframes, with business prospect of supplying 20 more in the medium term as the IAF’s requirements fructify.