Military Embedded Systems

Modernized E-99 jet delivered to Brazilian Air Force under Embraer contract


December 01, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Embraer photo.

BRAZIL. Embraer delivered the first modernized EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C), designated E-99, to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). According to the company, four additional E-99 aircraft will be modernized as part of the contract.

The company claims that the mission systems and related subsystems, including electronic warfare, command and control, electronic countermeasures, and aerial surveillance radar were updated as part of the modernization process, intended to expand FAB's capacity to carry out Flight Control and Alarm missions and Electronic Reconnaissance, among others.

The E-99M project is conducted by COPAC with support from Embraer and various international suppliers, such as SAAB, Aeroelectronica International (AELI), and Rohde & Schwarz. In addition to modernization, the project entails technology transfer agreements that will aim to enable technological advancements for the Brazilian defense industry.

Atech, an Embraer Defense and Security company, participates in the development of the command and control system. Six mission planning and analysis stations were also acquired, which will be used for the training and improvement of crews.

The FAB E-99 aircraft is engineered to detect, track, and identify targets in their patrol area and transmit this information to allied forces. The aircraft can also perform airspace management, fighter positioning and interception control, signals intelligence, and surveillance missions.

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