IAF for more Em­braer Legacy jets

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

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.

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