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Three Brazilian combat aircraft in offer for IAF

The EMB-145 AEW&C aircraft which serves the IAF at present. Image credit: Embraer

NEW DELHI (BNS): Brazilian aviation firm Embraer is looking forward to sell three of its combat aircraft variants to the Indian Air Force in near future, a company official has said.

The three fighter aircraft are – multi intel jet EMB4, EMB 14 early warning craft and EMB MP for marine patrolling.

“The IAF already has five of our aircraft and the Indian government owns other versions for flying its ministers and officials,” Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Asia Pacific Jose Eduardo Coastas was quoted as saying on Wednesday by The Hindu.

The Latin American company is in Bangalore to display its Phenom 100 executive jet for selling in India. Nearly 45 such executive jets have been sold worldwide and the company has received orders for 30 more such jets, the report said.

The Brazilian fighter aircraft in the IAF’s arsenal at present includes the EMB-145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. India had inked a deal with Embraer in 2008 for the supply of three EMB-145 aircraft.

The surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft is equipped with multi-mode active phased-array AEW radar, has a powerful command and control system and a comprehensive set of support systems like ESM, self-protection and communications, including data-links.

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