Brazilian Air Force gains fifth modernised E-99M

Embraer Defense & Security announced it had handed over its fifth modernised EMB 145-based E-99M airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) on November 23, marking an important milestone for the upgrade programme as it saw the first aircraft delivered in its Full Operational Capability (FOC) configuration.

The fifth and final modernised E-99M was recently delivered to the FAB and is the first to be handed over in its final FOC configuration. The other four already modernised and delivered E-99Ms will be brought to this same standard.
The fifth and final modernised E-99M was recently delivered to the FAB and is the first to be handed over in its final FOC configuration. The other four already modernised and delivered E-99Ms will be brought to this same standard. Embraer Defense & Security

The aircraft (FAB 6704) has been upgraded to perform its AEW&C duties, as well as to support wider intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. This is the first aircraft to be delivered in its FOC configuration, with its systems having been fully certified for use by the FAB. The four aircraft previously delivered to the Brazilian air arm will also be upgraded to this standard.

Based on Embraer’s EMB 145 business jet, the E-99M now features an upgraded Saab Erieye active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and command-and-control systems. The aircraft has also been fitted with a new Non-Communication (NCOM) system; Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) transponder; seven software-defined V/UHF radios; a new mission audio system with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology; and a new mission audio and data recorder, as well as a datalink function adapted to a new architecture. The aircraft’s interior has also been updated to improve crew comfort and expand the type’s operational capability with five redesigned consoles that are optimised for more efficient use of the E-99M’s upgraded systems.