First AEW&C aircraft delivered to India
Embraer Defense and Security announced on 16 August 2012 that it has delivered the first EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) class of aircraft to the Government of India. A ceremony to mark the delivery was held at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
The delivery followed the successful completion of ground and flight tests of the aircraft which Embraer said met operational targets established by both Embraer and Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).
According to the company, the EMB 145 AEW&C features including ‘in-flight refuelling system, significant increase in electric and cooling capacity and a comprehensive set of structural changes to which will allow the installation of the advanced mission systems that have been developed by India’s CABS (Centre for Air Borne Systems) along with its work centres of DRDO’.
The aircraft will be delivered to the Indian Air Force after integration of missions systems of DRDO by CABS in India.
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