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Brazilian Air Force receives second E-99M AEW&C aircraft

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The Brazilian Air Force has welcomed its second E-99M airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft from Embraer, the service announced on Friday.

The aircraft arrived at the Anapolis Air Force Base on December 17, after taking off from the Embraer Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport.

This is the second of five EMB 145 aircraft that are being modernized under the E-99M project that is being undertaken by the Combat Aircraft Program Coordinating Committee (COPAC). The project is supported by Embraer and various international suppliers, such as SAAB who is delivering the Erieye active electronically scanned array radar, Aeroelectronica International (AELI), and Rohde & Schwarz. In addition to modernization, the project entails technology transfer agreements that will enable technological advancements for the Brazilian defense industry.

The mission systems and related subsystems, including electronic warfare, command and control, electronic countermeasures, and aerial surveillance radar were updated as part of the modernization process, expanding FAB’s capacity to carry out flight control and alarm missions and electronic reconnaissance, among others.

Atech, an Embraer Defense and Security company, participates in the development of the command and control system. Six mission planning and analysis stations were also acquired, which will be used for the training and improvement of crews.

Built on the ERJ 145 regional jet platform, the FAB E-99 aircraft can detect, track, and identify targets in their patrol area and transmit this information to allied forces. The aircraft can also perform airspace management, fighter positioning and interception control, signals intelligence, and surveillance missions.