Posted by Neelam Mathews
Dec 7, 2011
Embraer performed the maiden flight of the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft ordered by the Indian government. Delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2012.
The flight was well performed and all planned tests were successfully achieved, says Embraer. The flight took place at Embraer’s headquarters, in São José do Campos.
“This flight concludes another important phase in this program and starts the flight test campaign,” said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Senior Vice President Operations & COO
Embraer Defense and Security.
Based on the proven Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet, the aircraft features an in-flight refueling system, SATCOM capability, a significant increase in electrical and cooling capacities, and a comprehensive set of aerodynamic and structural changes. These improvements will allow the installation of the advanced electronic systems currently being developed by India’s Defense Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) with CABS (Centre for Airborne Systems) as the nodal agency.
Currently, four Embraer Legacy 600 jets are operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the transportation of Indian VIPs and foreign dignitaries, and a fifth Embraer Legacy 600 is in service with the Border Security Force (BSF), under India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.