– Embraer will promote its full portfolio for the Defense and Government segment at the seventh International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition – Aero India 2009 (
), to be held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, in Bangalore, India, February 11-15.
“Due to its growth in recent years, the Indian market is very special to Embraer, in terms of its potential for Defense and Government aircraft,” said Sergio Bellato Alves, Embraer’s Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Asia – Defense and Government Market. “Our Asia Pacific efforts have found this strong, emerging market to have a particularly significant synergy with Embraer’ s quality products.”
Embraer and the Indian Government signed a comprehensive deal for three EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) jets, in July 2008, that includes training, technical support, spare parts, and ground support equipment. These aircraft will receive the advanced electronic systems currently under development by India’s Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). The first delivery is scheduled for 2011, joining four Legacy 600 jets in operation by the Indian Air Force (IAF), which are used to transport Indian VIPs and foreign dignitaries. A fifth Legacy 600 belongs to the Border Security Force (BSF), under India’s Home Ministry.
The EMB 145 AEW&C is part of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) family, which also includes the EMB 145 RS/AGS (Remote Sensing/Air-to-Ground Surveillance) and the EMB 145 MP (Maritime Patrol).
Both the ISR family and the Legacy 600 are based on the proven and versatile ERJ 145 jet platform. With more than 1,000 units delivered worldwide, including commercial, executive and military derivatives, this platform has surpassed 14 million flight hours. In the Defense and Government segment, the ERJ 145 platform has demonstrated that it is appropriate for a wide range of missions, such as transporting government officials, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), border patrol, air/ground/sea surveillance, rescue, and others.
As it completes the 40th year from its founding, Embraer has a strong presence in the Indian market, dealing with both the national government and private companies. Besides the Indian government, the Company has other important customers in the country. Among them are Aviators India Pvt. Ltd., which is the first Phenom executive jet customer in the region and bought two Phenom 100 jets, and Invision Projects Pvt. Ltd., which holds the largest order for Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets in India. To support the operations of the growing number of Phenom and Legacy 600 customers in the country, the Company recently chose Indamer Company Pvt. Ltd. to be an authorized service center. In the commercial aviation segment, Embraer provides airplanes to Paramount Airways, the launch customer of the E-Jets in the country, and to Star Aviation, which soon will receive its first E-Jet out of a firm order of seven EMBRAER 170s. The E-Jets family consists of four aircraft with capacities from 70 to 122 seats, and has more than 500 airplanes in operation, worldwide.
About Aero India
Aero India is one of the most important events in the aviation sector and has gained global recognition in a short span of time, since its inception in 1996. It is now ranked among the top international exhibitions in this category. India’s growing financial and technological strengths, the opening of its defense sector to direct foreign investment, the ongoing modernization plans of its armed forces, and new opportunities in the civil aviation sector have opened many avenues for investment. The Government of India has taken a number of initiatives to promote Defense Industry partnerships. The Defense Procurement Policy 2008, released on August 1, 2008, is yet another milestone in promoting these partnerships.
About the EMB 145 AEW&C
The EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) is a member of Embraer’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) family of aircraft and systems. The aircraft is based on the ERJ 145, one of the most successful regional jet platforms in the world, with more than 1,000 units in service, 14 million hours flown, and 100 operators.
Embraer provides a flexible, reliable and affordable aircraft for ISR missions, with a perfect blend of effectiveness and economics. The EMB 145 AEW&C is equipped with a powerful air surveillance radar and command and control system, plus a complete set of mission support systems, such as electronic measures, communications with data link, and self- protection devices. Its primary mission is to detect, track and identify targets in its patrol area and transmit this information to friendly forces, in order to provide them with an accurate and comprehensive operational picture.
The EMB 145 AEW&C is also able to perform airspace management, fighter positioning and intercept control, signals intelligence, and surveillance of seas, borders, and Exclusive Economic Zones.
Ten EMB 145 AEW&C aircraft have already been delivered to three air forces, worldwide. The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) operates five aircraft under the Amazon Surveillance System (Sistema de Vigilância da Amazônia – SIVAM). Another aircraft is in service in Mexico with the National Defense Department (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional – SEDENA), and the Hellenic Air Force (Greece) has ordered four jets to be operated within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) environment.
About the Legacy 600 jet
O Legacy 600 has shown itself to be a very suitable airplane for transporting governmental authorities and executives, worldwide, offering the comfort of a business jet and the reliability of a commercial aircraft, at a highly attractive operating cost.
The Legacy 600 can carry 14 passengers in comfort and privacy, with three distinct cabin zones. In the standard configuration, the refined interior offers leather seats, sofa, credenza, and tables for meals or meetings. The airplane also has a spacious galley for preparing hot and cold meals, an ample aft lavatory, wardrobes, cabinets, and an entertainment system with DVD and satellite communication. Optional High-Speed Data (HSD) equipment and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mails, and transfer files during trips, providing a better use of time, increased work productivity, and more entertainment options.
The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessible during flight, with a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8.1 cubic meters or 8,100 liters). The airplane’s cruising speed is Mach 0.80. It has a range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers, or 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet can fly nonstop from Mumbai (India) to Shanghai (China) or from Calcutta (India) to Istanbul (Turkey), Moscow (Russia) or Tokyo (Japan). More than 160 Legacy 600 jets presently operate in 24 countries, with high rates of dispatch reliability and low operating costs.
About the ERJ 145 family
The ERJ 145 family was designed from the outset with the regional airline market in mind. Comprised of the 37-seat ERJ 135, the 44-seat ERJ 140 and the 50-seat ERJ 145, the benefits of this optimized design include broad family commonality, high structural design efficiency, simplified maintenance, low direct operating costs, and outstanding dispatch reliability and schedule completion rates, as well as a long and dependable service life in the demanding regional airline environment.
The members of this family are well-suited for high frequency use, operating up to 3,000 hours per year. Its unique design offers airlines 95% commonality of the aircraft’s parts and systems and the same crew type rating. This high level of commonality permits the use of the same ground support equipment and allows for standardized training and maintenance procedures, which translate to lower costs, reduced spare parts inventories, more efficient logistics, and greater profitability.
Note to Editors
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