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|Brazilian Air Force R-99A|
|Role||Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) (R-99A)
Remote sensing (R-99B)
Maritime patrol (P-99)
|Primary users||Brazilian Air Force (R-99A/B)
Hellenic Air Force (R-99A)
Mexican Air Force (R-99A/P-99)
|Number built||10 (R-99A)
|Unit cost||~US$80 million
$2,000/hour (Operational Cost)
|Developed from||Embraer ERJ-145|
The Embraer R-99 and P-99 are military versions of the ERJ 145 civil regional jet. The R-99 series are equipped with Rolls-Royce AE 3007 turbofan engines. The military versions provide 20% more thrust than the civil version. The first flight was in 1999.
The R-99A/E-99/EMB 145 AEW&C is an Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft, equipped with the Erieye airborne radar from Saab Microwave Systems (formerly Ericsson Microwave Systems) of Sweden. The FAB claims that it has 95% of the capability of the larger AWACS aircraft which are in service in the air forces of other nations. In 2008 the FAB redesignated the R-99A as the E-99.
The R-99B/R-99/EMB 145 MULTI INTEL is a remote sensing aircraft. It employs a synthetic aperture radar, combination electro-optical and FLIR systems as well as a multi-spectral scanner. The aircraft also possesses signal intelligence and C3I capabilities. In 2008 the FAB redesignated the R-99B as the R-99.
The P-99/EMB 145 MP is the maritime patrol version of the R-99. It shares much of the same sensor suite as the R-99B, but most visibly, lacks the multi-spectral scanner and the side-looking radar. It retains many of the C3I and ELINT capabilities of the R-99B. The P-99 also carries four underwing hardpoints, which can be mounted with a variety of torpedoes and/or anti-ship missiles. Mexico was the launch customer for this variant.
Data from Suppositions according to EMB 145 family specifications.
An Embraer R-99A AEW&C of the Mexican Air Force at Santa Lucia AFB.
An Embraer R-99A (EMB-145H AEW&C) of the Hellenic Air Force during delivery tests at Elefsis AB, Greece.
Embraer R-99A AEW&C during trials in Halmstad, Sweden, before delivery to the Brazilian Air Force.
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