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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: India gets first Embraer jet with Indian airborne radar tech Reply with quote

http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/india-gets-first-embraer-jetindian-airborne-radar-tech/45128/

India gets first Embraer jet with Indian airborne radar tech

August 17, 2012

India today made a major breakthrough in mounting an electronic eye in the sky, taking delivery here of the first Embraer 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft, built with Indian technology.

The first of the three AEW&C aircraft comes equipped with India's first-ever airborne Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar, giving it the capability to detect missiles and hostile fighters at all angles.

The aircraft was delivered at an official ceremony held at Embraer's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil in the presence of top Indian and Brazilian defence officials, a company statement said.

The new aircraft would give the Indian Air Force capability of operating both the longer range Israeli-made IL-76 Phalcon AWACS as well as the shorter range Brazilian EMB 145. India already has acquired three Israeli AWACS and is in the process of getting two more.

The new EMB 145 would have "the airborne Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar designed by DRDO's Banglaore-based Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS)" mounted on top of the modified aircraft, said Programme Director Christopher at the ceremony.

"DRDO will integrate other mission systems in India and deliver the aircraft to the Indian Air Force," he said.

The new aircraft features major capabilities such as in-fight 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 along with its work centres of DRDO, said Dr Elangovan, Chief Controller Research & Development of DRDO. (MORE)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

India gets first Embraer jet with Indian airborne radar tech

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/article3785186.ece

Sao Paulo, Aug 17:
India today made a major breakthrough in mounting an electronic eye in the sky, taking delivery here of the first Embraer 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft, built with Indian technology.
The first of the three AEW&C aircraft comes equipped with India’s first-ever airborne Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar, giving it the capability to detect missiles and hostile fighters at all angles.
The aircraft was delivered at an official ceremony held at Embraer’s headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil in the presence of top Indian and Brazilian defence officials, a company statement said.
The new aircraft would give the Indian Air Force capability of operating both the longer range Israeli-made IL-76 Phalcon AWACS as well as the shorter range Brazilian EMB 145. India already has acquired three Israeli AWACS and is in the process of getting two more.
The new EMB 145 would have “the airborne Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar designed by DRDO’s Banglaore-based Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS)” mounted on top of the modified aircraft, said Programme Director Christopher at the ceremony.
“DRDO will integrate other mission systems in India and deliver the aircraft to the Indian Air Force,” he said.
The new aircraft features major capabilities such as in-fight 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 along with its work centres of DRDO, said Dr Elangovan, Chief Controller Research & Development of DRDO.
India and Brazil signed a deal reportedly worth $ 210 million for the supply of three aircraft by 2014. This includes a comprehensive logistic package that entails training, technical support, supply of spare parts and ground support equipment.
“The collaboration with DRDO in such a complex programme strengthens the ties between Brazil and India,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President and CEO of Embraer Defence and Security.
Embraer is the world’s third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, behind American Boeing and Europe’s Airbus.
The Indian Air Force already operates four Embraer Legacy 600 jets to transport government officials and foreign dignitaries. A fifth one is operated by India’s Border Security Force.
Comments: Whats the point of getting a short range and duration AWACS. Is not Il-76 based AWACs are efficient ?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


A milestone: The fully modified Brazilian Embraer aircraft for the indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System arrives at the HAL airport in Bangalore on Wednesday. Photo courtesy: DRDO
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any idea if the India radar has been fitted by the Brazilians or it will be done now.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
any idea if the India radar has been fitted by the Brazilians or it will be done now.

According to the article, it appears to be have been fitted before delivery.
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The first of the three AEW&C aircraft comes equipped with India's first-ever airborne Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar, giving it the capability to detect missiles and hostile fighters at all angles.

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http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/embraer-flight-testing-indias-last-aew-emb-145-383491/

Embraer flight-testing India's last AEW EMB-145

Embraer is flight-testing the last of three EMB-145 aircraft modified to be fitted with an airborne surveillance radar for India. Once the activity has been completed in Brazil, the aircraft will be delivered to the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) Centre for Airborne Systems to have an indigenous active electronically scanned array radar installed.

"They have two aircraft with the mission systems already installed," says Embraer, which adds that it provides technical assistance to India with regard to integrating the platform's mission systems. "It's a joint programme," Embraer says. "We have our technicians going there and some Indian technicians coming here."

The system, referred to in India as the Airborne Early Warning and Control System, is not operational yet, Embraer says. Two aircraft are still undergoing tests at the DRDO, but if the project proves to be successful it could be inducted into service with the Indian air force. Sources suggest that the type's radar is likely to have been designed with Israeli assistance.

One unique feature of the Indian aircraft is that they are fitted with an in-flight refuelling probe, which should boost their range and endurance considerably. "It's the first time one of our [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] platforms based on the -145 has the air refuelling system," Embraer says.

Embraer says that while India has options to buy more of the aircraft, it cannot disclose that information.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where will it be based......
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAWK21M wrote:
Where will it be based......
Due to their mobility, my guess is anywhere, though the Gwalior Maharajpur air base is a good prospect. the Engineering base may be Gwalior, or Palam - just an armchair enthusiast's guess Smile
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Brazil-US-probe-graft-in-208-million-Embraer-jet-deal-inked-by-UPA/articleshow/54259365.cms

Brazil, US probe graft in $208 million Embraer jet deal inked by UPA

Sep 10, 2016

In yet another major defence scandal to hit the country after the VVIP helicopter scam, prosecutors in Brazil and the US justice department are now investigating alleged payment of bribes by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to swing deals with India and Saudi Arabia.

Embraer is alleged to have paid commissions to a UK-based defence agent -such middlemen or unauthorised agents are banned under the Indian defence procurement system -in the $208 million deal for three EMB-145 jets inked by the UPA government in 2008. The three EMB-145 aircraft have been equipped with indigenous radars in a Rs 2,520 crore DRDO project to serve as AEW&C (airborne early-warning and control systems) air craft for IAF.

The first "modified" aircraft was delivered to DRDO in 2011, with the other two following later. After several missed deadlines, the AEW&C project is now slated to be completed by December.

"DRDO says it is not aware of these developments," said the defence ministry spokesperson on Friday. Despite telephone calls and text messages, DRDO chief S Christopher did not respond to questions. Christopher, incidentally, was the AEW&C programme director and head of the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) before he was chosen to head DRDO in May 2015 by the NDA government.

Brazil's top newspaper, the 'Folha de Sao Paulo', reported on Thursday that the possible bribery in the 2008 Indian deal was under the scanner of the US justice department, which has been investigating Embraer since 2010, after a contract with the Dominican Republic raised suspicion.

The scope of the investigation has now been widened to examine Embraer's dealings with eight other countries, including India and Saudi Arabia.

The newspaper quoted Embraer's defence sales manager Albert Phillip Close as stating that a former sales director of the company who served in Europe told US investigators that the firm had contracted a representative to assist in the sale of the surveillance systems to India.

As India prohibited hiring of de fence agents, the representative was hired in the UK for the purpose of striking the deal. "The contract with that representative would have been kept in a safe, with one key held by Embraer and another held by the representative," said Close. The Sao Paulo-based Embraer, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial, private and military jets in the world, has not publicly commented on the Indian deal. But the Folha report said at least three company officials confirmed to the newspaper that the Indian deal was being examined for corruption.

The details of bribery emerged in May this year when an employee with more than 30 years of experience at the company made a plea-bargain agreement with the Brazilian federal public prose cutor's office, which is also probing the allegations. The scale of the alleged bribery or the identity of the UK-based agent is yet to be ascertained. In the case of the Dominican Republic, a former defence minister and three others have been arrested for allegedly accepting a $3.5 million bribe from Embraer.

The Dominican Republic deal, signed a year after India placed its order for the three aircraft, was worth $94 million, less than half the amount of the Indian deal. TOI spoke to some Embraer officials but they refused to officially comment on the ongoing investigation.

A senior executive of the company , however, said the investigation was in a preliminary stage."It's all in the realm of speculation unless they reveal the identity of the agent in the UK and establish that money was paid in bribes. India is an important market for us and we would like to continue to do business there. Americans are our competitors in certain sectors in India," he said.

The 2008 deal was a major step in defence cooperation between India and Brazil. As per a statement released by Embraer on July 4, 2008, the contract signed with DRDO included a "comprehensive logistics package comprising ng, technical support, spare parts, training, technical support, spare parts, and ground support equipment".

Embraer has a strong presence in India with a total of 28 aircraft of different market segments, including 21 executive jets across six different models. The company has emerged as the market leader, delivering 35% of the total executive jets in India over the last five years.

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http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/aircraft-with-indian-airborne-warning-system-set-for-induction/article9165096.ece

Aircraft with Indian airborne warning system set for induction

September 30, 2016

The first of the two small surveillance aircraft carrying the first Indian airborne early warning system is slated to be inducted into the Air Force in about two months, it is reliably learnt.

The DRDO has fitted its own airborne early warning and control system (AEW & CS) on a modified Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft imported from Brazil.

The AEW & CS is basically a ‘sharp-seeing and listening’ radar that can look out deep across enemy territory for any incoming threat without itself crossing over. “The aircraft has undergone the requisite operational trials, [got certified] and is ready for induction in November or later,” a person with knowledge of its progress told The Hindu .

The second aircraft is going through the initial trials and is likely to join the first one around mid-2017 at the Bhisiana Air Force Station in Bathinda, Punjab, close to the northern borders.


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http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/iaf-airborne-early-warning-and-control-aircraft-drdo/1/829481.html

IAF to get 'eye in the sky' to snoop on Pakistani and Chinese air force

December 8, 2016

After a delay, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) would help in enhancing Indian Air Force's capability to snoop and detect activities of Pakistani and Chinese air force as it is planning to induct the indigenously-developed snooping plane later this month.

"The plan is to induct the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) aircraft on December 23 at our newly developed Chitradurga Aeronautical Range in Karnataka," DRDO officials told Mail Today here. Once inducted, the aircraft would help the Air Force to detect, identify and classify threats present in the area under its surveillance and can send the IAF fighters towards enemy planes and other airborne assets.

"The plane can act as a command-and-control centre to support air defence operations like the AWACS aircraft India got from Israel and can monitor multiple target aircraft and areas," the officials said. "The AEWC system can support Air Force in offensive strike missions and assist forces in the tactical battle area in case of hostilities with the enemy countries," they said.

Sources said most of the capabilities in the aircraft have already been proven but some of them are still undergoing testing and would continue while the aircraft flies in the Air Force. India had contracted for three AWACS aircraft from Russia and Israel which are already flying for the Air Force and the service is looking for inducting two more in another tripartite deal. The planes for the system are provided by Russia while the radar and other snooping systems were provided and integrated by the Israelis.

The only difference between the Indian and Israeli 'eye in the sky' is that the IL-76 heavylift aircraft-mounted AWACS system can carry out 360 degree surveillance at a time while the AEWC can monitor only 270 degrees due to limitations in the type of radar.

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