São José dos Campos, Brazil, March 1st, 2001 – Embraer has been awarded a contract by the Mexican Government to provide one EMB 145 AEW&C Surveillance Aircraft and two EMB 145 MP Maritime Patrol Aircraft. These airplanes will be integrated to a new surveillance program that will be implemented in Mexico.
Both aircraft versions are based on the successful ERJ 145 Regional Jet platforms modified to incorporate advanced mission systems such as surveillance radars and electro-optical sensors, as well as communications and other surveillance equipment.
The EMB 145 AEW&C will be fitted with the Ericsson Erieye radar and command and control system, while the EMB 145 MP aircraft will incorporate a maritime radar plus other sensors. Embraer will also supply a ground center to support the aircraft operations.
The Mexican Government order comes in addition to Embraer Special Missions aircraft contracted by the governments of Brazil and Greece.
“The Mexican Government Program under leadership of SEDENA – Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, is a key milestone for Embraer’s Defense products and is a remarkable demonstration of the company’s permanent commitment to meeting customer requirements with quality, mission efficiency and affordable costs solutions. We are proud to mention that Embraer’s technological expertise to develop such special missions aircraft has received the support and recognition from other Governmental customers, such as the Greek Ministry of Defense and the Brazilian Government’s SIVAM Program (Amazon Surveillance System),” said Maurício Botelho, President and CEO for Embraer.