New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has rolled out the first of the three EMB-145I planes that India has ordered for its indigenous airborne early warning radars.
The plane, which India ordered from the company in 2008, rolled out of its manufacturing facility in the presence of India’s defence research organisation chief V.K. Saraswat and chief controller of research and development (aerospace and services interaction) Prahlada on Monday.
“EMB-145I aircraft modified for airborne early warning and control system (AEW&C) rolled out at Embraer in Brazil on Feb 21, 2011,” a Defence Research and Development Organisation press release said here Tuesday.
The roll-out ceremony was also witnessed by Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) director S. Christopher and the Indian Air Force’s Director General (Operations) Air Marshal Daljit Singh.
The AEW&C system is designed to detect and distinguish hostile aircraft and missiles, and would help enhance IAF’s surveillance and strike capability.
The medium-range system can be used to direct fighter jets and other aircraft to their targets and also warn them of enemy aircraft and missiles in the area, keeping a watch on the air and ground activities from miles away.
The indigenous AEW&C, a multi-laboratory system, comprises sub-systems such as a radar and communication links designed and developed by the DRDO, with the project being coordinated by Bangalore-based CABS.
The EMB-145I aircraft has been modified to carry the Indian-made Active Array Antenna Unit (AAAU) mounted atop the plane’s fuselage.