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Embraer — A Power Defence Player

Over the past decade, Embraer has taken steps to diversify its product portfolio covering a full line of integrated solutions and applications

Issue: 12-2021By Ayushee ChaudharyPhoto(s): By Embraer
C-390 Millennium is the newestgeneration multi-mission aircraft

Widely known for its executive jets, the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer also comprises of a strong Defence and Security arm. Embraer Defence and Security is among the leading aerospace and defence companies. Its products and solutions are present in over 60 countries, with a constantly growing presence on the global market.

The company boasts of comprehensive Defence solutions that combine strategic knowledge and cutting-edge technology. Over the past decade, the company has taken steps to diversify its product portfolio covering a full line of integrated solutions and applications. This consists of command and control center (C4I); radars; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); and space; right up to the C-390 Millennium multi-mission transport aircraft and more. This also includes integrated systems for information, communications, border monitoring and surveillance as well as aircraft for authorities’ transportation and special missions. With all of this, Embraer Defence & Security products and solutions is present in over 60 countries. A wide range of products gives Embraer an upper hand to provide the ideal aircraft for any kind of mission – from short-range flights to long trips with large delegations.


The manufacturer talks big of unrivalled mobility, quick reconfiguration, high availability and improved flight safety, all in a single, unique platform with the new-generation multi-mission transport aircraft C-390 Millennium.

The A-29 Super Tucano is the only light attack aircraft in the world with a US Air Force Military Type Certificate

The C-390, which in its air-to-air refuelling (AAR) configuration is designated as KC-390, is fully operational with the Brazilian air force. Since receiving its first aircraft in 2019, the Brazilian air force has deployed the KC-390 on several critical missions in Brazil and abroad, increasing the range of missions. The Hungarian government signed a contract with Embraer for the acquisition of two C-390 Millennium multi-mission transport aircraft, in the KC-390 configuration. This is the second contract for the C-390 with a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) nation in Europe, after the Portuguese air force chose the aircraft in 2019. Deliveries for both countries are scheduled to start in 2023. The aircraft will be the first in the world featuring an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) configuration for humanitarian missions.

The C-390 can perform a wide array of missions including:

  • transport and launch cargo and troops
  • medical evacuation,
  • search and rescue,
  • humanitarian
  • aerial refueling (fighters and helicopters),
  • aerial firefighting and assistance.

The C-390 is fully NATO compatible, not only in terms of hardware, but also in terms of avionics and communications configuration. The C-390’s piloting is facilitated by an integrated avionic system and a fly-by-wire flight control, and it can be equipped with a self-Defence system and ballistic protection which increases its capacity to operate in hostile environments.

Recently, the C-390 Millennium fleet surpassed 1,500 flight hours of operations since it entered service, proving its outstanding performance and capacity as the newest-generation multi-mission aircraft.


The A-29 Super Tucano is stated to be the gold standard for light attack, combat, and reconnaissance aircraft. Built in the US by Sierra Nevada Corporation and its partner, Embraer Defence & Security, the A-29 has been selected by 15 Air Forces worldwide including the US Air Force, Afghanistan and Lebanon. The Philippines air force became the most recent operator of this aircraft in the world. The A-29 is a versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft and is known for its rugged and durable design, which allows it to perform operations from unimproved runways and at forward operating bases in austere environments and rugged terrain. The A-29 is the only light attack aircraft in the world with a US Air Force Military Type Certificate.

A-29 Super Tucano is marketed as the most reliable and cost-effective solution for advanced flight and combat training

The A-29 Super Tucano has been in operation for more than 15 air forces, accumulating about 4,30,000 flight hours and approximately 60,000 combat hours through 260 plus aircraft ordered.The first light attack aircraft to receive US military certification - certified in September 2014. The A-29 Super Tucano is marketed as the most reliable and cost-effective solution for basic and advanced flight and combat training, close air support operations, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), armed over-watch, counterinsurgency, and irregular warfare scenarios. In one of the latest developments, the A-29 Super Tucano was successfully inducted in the Nigerian Air Forcein August 2021.


The Phenom 300MED is showcased as one of the most comprehensive Medevac solution available today. Created in partnership with umlaut and Aerolite, the Phenom 300MED brags of the best-in-class cabin altitude, the fastest speed and longest range in its category, high mission flexibility, plus low operating cost and the best residual value in its class.

The Praetor 600 AEW delivers Defence and security surveillance missions of all airborne and maritime threats

Designed for both civil and government applications, the Phenom 300MED will feature either one or two stretchers, as well as the ability to carry an incubator and additional medical equipment. Also available as a retrofit, the Phenom 300MED supplemental type certificate (STC) will be installed exclusively by Embraer’s award-winning Services & Support organisation, ensuring the highest quality, reliability, and service experience, direct from the manufacturer.


The Phenom 100 MEPT (Multi-Engine Pilot Training) is a capable platform to support all multi-engine pilot training tasks with the following enhanced capabilities:

  • Single-pilot workload philosophy
  • Low operating costs
  • Designed for high utilisation and availability
  • Observer seat
  • Military communication
  • Quick access recorder to retrieve flight data

Phenom 100 MEPT has also been the multi-engine training tool of choice of renowned training institutes in the civilian and Defence sectors.


The Legacy 500 FIS (Flight Inspection Systems) is a state-of-the-art platform able to perform flight inspection tasks in the following modes:

  • Site Evaluation
  • Surveillance
  • Commissioning inspection
  • Test inspection
  • Periodic inspection

The most advanced Flight Control System, which increases mission efficiency and reduces pilots’ workload comes with the maximum speed cruise: M 0,82 and the range of 3,125 nm range with four passengers, with the lowest operating and maintenance costs.

P600 AEW&C

Developed by Embraer and IAI/ELTA Systems, the Praetor 600 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System is equipped with a Dorsal Mounted, low weight and high efficient latest-generation RADAR using GaN AESA technology integrated with an advanced AEW&C Mission System for multiple Defence and security missions.

Praetor 600 AEW delivers Defence and Security surveillance missions of all airborne threats

The Praetor 600 is Embraer’s newest generation, best-in-class, super midsize business jet. It promises to deliver superior aircraft altitude, extended endurance, a low altitude cabin environment, and advanced fly-by-wire systems. An advanced communication suite ensures interoperability within a network-centric environment to exploit the capabilities of existing assets.

The company offers solutions for air, land and sea missions that integrate sensors, communication systems, legacy systems, databases and IoT devices

With superior aircraft performance and state-of-the-art sensors suite, the Praetor 600 AEW delivers Defence and security surveillance missions of all airborne and maritime threats at a fraction of the current AEW systems’ cost. This combination brings within reach true sovereign ownership and control of a classleading AEW system.


SENTIR-M20 is a portable ground surveillance radar capable of detecting a crawling man up to 1 km, a walking man up to 10 km and light vehicles up to 30 km. This allows it to perform the automatic classification and tracking of up to 100 simultaneous targets on land or low altitude. Implemented for the SISFRON project, the SENTIR M20 allows remote access and control of data through the Command and Control Centers.


This is the 3-D low altitude anti-aircraft artillery radar which is capable of tracking up to 60 targets simultaneously within a radius up to 60 km (32nm) and up to 5,000m (16,400ft) in height. The radar uses Doppler pulse technology that allows unique target detection and aircraft automatic classification (IFF). With low maintenance cost, it is a robust and flexible radar, designed for transportation in any type of terrain, with set up time of 15 minutes by only three operators.


Long range, multirole, software-defined radar, SABER-M200 is based on phased array technology that combines solution for air traffic control, air defence, anti-aircraft artillery and weather surveillance, with low probability of interception. It combines primary and secondary radar functions adhering to the requirement of civilian as well as military air traffic control. Additionally it also comes with the ability to perform functions of missile guidance and precision approach radar.


Fully redundant, monopulse technology secondary surveillance radar, SABER-S200 is designed for Air Traffic Control (ATC) with a range of 200nm and a processing capacity of 600 simultaneous tracks, able to operate in Interrogation Friend or Foe (IFF) encrypted identification mode 4.


SAR is the company’s new airborne remote sensing system for mapping and monitoring with high precision and resolution. The system generates altimetric and planimetric maps through the X and P radar bands and can be operated day or night and in low visibility condition. The applications of SAR include:

  • topographic mapping,
  • change detection (e.g., deforestation, flooding, invasions and erosion),
  • forest biomass estimation,
  • search and rescue, and
  • ground and maritime surveillance.


So from aircraft to radars to services in communications, and border control systems, control and command systems, etc also come under Embraer’s defence and security portfolio. The company has fixed as well as mobile systems dedicated to monitoring communication emitters and performing the direction finding for transmitters target location. The company offers solutions for air, land and sea missions that integrate sensors, communication systems, legacy systems, databases and IoT devices for embedded systems and control centers.

In its path for diversification, Embraer also acquired some companies, such as ATECH, the main expertise of which lies in the development of new solutions with applications in the areas of air traffic, command and control systems, instrumentation and control systems, and embedded systems and simulators. Embraer also announced a contract for a capital investment in Tempest Security Intelligence.

To consolidate its leading position in Latin America, Embraer Defence & Security holds the control of a set of companies with recognised expertise in critical areas of intelligence, monitoring and control. With massive sudden transitions that are happening in the sector, consistent innovation and expansion is one key reasons for faring well.