Brazilian company Embraer (full name Embraer Defence and Security) became really interesting to us when it turned out that our country is buying two KC-390 military tactical transport aircraft, which may enter service in 2023-2024. If a company really has experience in manufacturing (military) transport aircraft, it is Embraer.
Based on the knowledge of German engineers who had fled to Brazil after World War II, the Brazilian government originally set up the company to develop a series-produced, low-wing, transport aircraft with two turboprop engines, for transporting 15-20 passengers or 1000-1500 kilograms of cargo. The specifications included short take-off and landing capacity, low price, and low operation and maintenance costs. This is how the EMB 110 Bandeirante was created, and since the model became a success, Embraer not only survived but by 1995 had already entered the market for regional passenger jets. The members of the twin-engine, narrow-body ERJ family then entered the military market as well: not just as transport or VIP aircraft, but also as Airborne early warning and control aircraft (R-99 Erieye), maritime patrol (EMB 145 MP) and remote sensing planes to protect the Brazilian Amazon (R-99B).
In addition to designing and manufacturing aircraft, Embraer produces complex radar and surveillance systems as well, ranging from the simplest Command and Control systems with a small crew to satellite-based systems for sensory and visual surveillance of large areas. In addition, the company’s product family includes MAKRON air traffic control system.
Photo and illustration: Embraer
Author: Kálmánfi Gábor (honvedelem.hu)