Embraer delivered the fifth modernized EMB 145 AEW&C aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the company said.
The jet that serves as an Aerial Early Warning platform, in addition to Intelligence, Surveillance and Aerial Reconnaissance missions, is designated as E-99M in the FAB.
Based on the ERJ 145 regional passenger model, the E-99 has been in service since 2001 and has been undergoing an upgrade process since 2020. The aircraft has carried out airspace surveillance, interception control and management, electronic intelligence and border monitoring missions. , especially in the Amazon.
“The delivery of the fifth E-99 is an important milestone for the E-99M project. This is the first aircraft delivered in FOC (Full Operational Capability) configuration, with systems fully certified for use by the Brazilian Air Force for protecting the country and its national sovereignty,” say Bosco da Costa Junior, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. The executive further states, “The four aircraft previously delivered will be upgraded so that they can fully perform all the missions for which they were designed.”
The E-99M had the Erieye radar and Command & Control (C2) system modernized in addition to receiving new Electronic Warfare systems (Non-Communication – NCOM), new IFF Transponder, 7 software-defined V/UHF radios, new system Mission Audio VOIP technology and new Mission Audio and Data recorder
The interior of the aircraft was also updated to increase crew comfort and expand operational capacity, with five consoles redesigned and optimized to better use the modernized systems, explained Embraer.
The aircraft is also operated by the air forces of India, Mexico and Greece.