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Brazil awaits enhanced AEW&C platform

31st July 2020 - 14:00 GMT | by Sérgio Santana in Sergipe

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The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) expects to introduce its first modified Embraer E-99 aircraft in November this year, as it seeks to enhance its AEW&C capabilities.

Two E-99s (the FAB designation of the Embraer EMB-145-RS) are being upgraded to the E-99M configuration: one of these took off on its first certification test flight in August 2019.

The main sensor on the E-99M is a version of the Erieye-ER radar that equips the Saab Global Eye, but adapted to meet specific FAB operational requirements.

According to Saab, Erieye-ER offers a more comprehensive detection capability, now ranging from large vessels and aircraft to watercraft, rubber boats and helicopters in hover flight. The instrumented range has also been increased to about 680km.

Other equipment on the E-99M includes software-defined radios; a new Thales TSC 2030 IFF transponder; and a COMINT suite provided by Elbit Systems (via its Brazilian distributor AEL Sistemas).

The E-99 entered the FAB service in July 2002 and delivery of five aircraft was completed the following year.

Ever since, the E-99s have been intensively employed in AEW&C missions against drug smugglers who fly aircraft low over the Amazon basin.

In addition to the E-99M, the EMB-145 is used for AEW&C by Mexico (one aircraft); Greece (four aircraft, designated EMB-145H, routinely used in quick reaction alerts against Turkish aircraft over the Aegean Sea as well as during the Operation Unified ...

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