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Embraer ERJ-145

posted Nov 12, 2010, 5:00 AM by Elaine Bell

Embraer: Within The End of 2011 First Flight and Delivery of the Airplane ERJ-145 Modified

Sao Paulo, Brazil - With the "Airborne Early Warning and Control System" developed by India

(WAPA) - Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica SA), the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has announced that the first flight of its medium-range "ERJ-145" airplane modified with the airborne warning and control system developed by India, will happen in the first half of 2011; while the first delivery of so equipped airplanes is expected to be made by the end of the same year.

The modified ERJ-145s will have a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet, a radar operational altitude of 25,000 feet and extra tanks positioned internally to support refuelling.

The "Airborne Early Warning and Control System", AEW & CS, created by DRDO, Defense Research and Development Organisation, the government's agency with over 50 development laboratories in the field of aeronautics, electronics and armaments, had been already developed 11 years ago, but the experiments were interrupted because of the accident occurred to the Hawker Siddeley HS-748 which was employed for a test flight with the system board.

Currently, the Indian AEW & CS has already been ordered by Greece, Brazil, Mexico and other Countries, and in 2012 the test flights for Indian Air Force's airplanes should begin.

The system consists of two radars: one, the primary sensor, scanning electron, the other equipped with a friend or foe identification system and electronic support measures for the detection of hostile emitters.