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Saab to upgrade Brazilian Erieye

28th February 2013 - 12:07 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Saab will perform work to upgrade the Brazilian Air Force’s Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) mission system under a new 380 MSEK order from Embraer Defense and Security. Announced on 28 February, the order is part of a modernisation programme for the Embraer 145 AEW&C, known as E-99 in the Brazilian Air Force.

The Brazilian Air Force deploys the E-99 for airspace control and border surveillance missions. The Saab upgrade will bring substantial increased operational capability.

The contract is for the delivery of an upgrade of the existing Erieye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) systems, as part of the modernisation programme for the Embraer 145 AEW&C, named E-99 in the Brazilian Air Force. The E-99 is important within the Brazilian Air Force in the control of airspace and border surveillance and the upgrade will bring a substantial increased operational capability.

The Erieye AEW&C mission system includes sensors, C2 and communications. The Erieye radar uses AESA technology to detect and automatically track air and surface targets over a huge area, extending over 900 km. It is designed to track the smallest of objects, such as cruise missiles and jet-skis, even among heavy clutter and in jamming environments.

Micael Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems, said: ‘Saab's Erieye AEW&C mission system provides excellent surveillance capabilities and control over air and sea targets. We are very proud to supply these systems to Brazil where it plays an important role in national security.’

Saab will deliver the upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C mission system from 2014 until 2017.

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