French aircraft major Embraer will promote its entire range of products at Aero India 2009, which starts in Bangalore on Wednesday. "Due to its growth in recent years, the Indian market is very special to Embraer, in terms of its potential for Defense and Government aircraft," said Sergio Bellato Alves, Embraer's vice-president, marketing and sales, Asia - defense and government market. "Our Asia Pacific efforts have found this strong, emerging market to have a particularly significant synergy with Embraer's quality products."
Embraer and the Indian Government signed a comprehensive deal for three EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) jets in July 2008, which includes training, technical support, spare parts, and ground support equipment. These aircraft will receive the advanced electronic systems currently under development by India's Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO).
The first delivery is scheduled for 2011, joining four Legacy 600 jets in operation by the Indian Air Force (IAF), which are used to transport Indian VIPs and foreign dignitaries. A fifth Legacy 600 belongs to the Border Security Force (BSF). The EMB 145 AEW&C is part of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) family, which also includes the EMB 145 RS/AGS (remote sensing/air-to-gound srveillance) and the EMB 145 MP (maritime patrol).