Brazil’s upgraded E-99M

The first Embraer E-99 (EMB- 145) airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft upgraded to E-99M configuration for the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) is expected to make its first flight in August, according to the Brazilian manufacturer.

Embraer is contracted to conduct modernisation of all five of the Força Aérea Brasileira’s E-99A fleet and is performing the work at its facility in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo. The upgrade work includes modernisation of the E-99’s Saab Erieye radar, mission systems, command and control systems, electronic warfare suite and identification friend or foe system, and will add provision for the next generation of Brazil’s sovereign datalink capability.

After its first flight, the initial aircraft will commence a 12-month flight test programme to verify the performance of the new systems.

The second aircraft is already at Gavião Peixoto and the third will arrive once the initial aircraft has been delivered back to the Força Aérea Brasileira in mid-2020. Further aircraft will be inducted as deliveries occur.

The Força Aérea Brasileira acquired the five aircraft, initially designated R-99A, from July 2002, together with three remote-sensing R-99B variants, under the Brazilian government’s Sistema de Vigilância da Amazônia (Amazon Surveillance System) programme. The AEW&C aircraft were redesignated E-99 in 2008. The aircraft are operated from Anapolis Air Base, in the state of Goiás, by 2° Esquadrão/6° GAv ‘Guardião’ (Guardian).

The Força Aérea Brasileira will receive the first of five upgraded E-99M AEW airborne early warning and control aircraft in mid-2020. Força Aérea Brasileira and Embraer