Embraer presented today at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms developed for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

These improvements will allow the installation of the advanced electronic systems currently being developed by India’s DRDO, under Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) 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.

Based on the Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet, the new special-mission aircraft features an in-flight refueling system, satellite communications capability, a significant increase in electrical and cooling capacities, and a comprehensive set of aerodynamic and structural changes.

Eduardo Bonini, Senior Vice President Operations & COO – Embraer Defense and Security attributed the success of the project to the good will and the high level of professionalism that both the Indian and Brazilian teams have demonstrated over the last two-and-a-half years. “Given Embraer’s experience in the field of ISR aircraft and equipment, we believe that this jointly developed product will offer outstanding operational capability, and we look forward to its entry into service” Bonini added.

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