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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)
National origin Brazil
Manufacturer Embraer
First flight 1999
Introduction 1999
Status Active
Primary users Brazilian Air Force (R-99A/B)
Hellenic Air Force (R-99A)
Mexican Air Force (R-99A/P-99)
Produced 1999–
Number built 11 (2 on order / 7 options) (R-99A)
3 (R-99B)
2 (P-99)
Unit cost

~US$80 million

$2,000/hour (Operational Cost)[1]
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.

In Brazilian service, the E-99 and R-99 are based in Anapolis AFB. Five E-99s and three R-99s are operated by the Air Force as part of the SIVAM program.

Operational History

A Greek R-99 was deployed to perform AEW missions in the framework of the enforcement of no-fly zone over Libyan civil war (2011).[2]


  • Indian Air Force – 3 EMB-145SA to be fitted w/LRDE developed AESA radar array, datalinks, IFF, RWR, MWR. First aircraft delivered on 16 August 2012.[4] The Air Force has option to buy another seven aircraft.[5]

Specifications (ERJ 140)

R-99B in 2013

Cockpit of a R-99 airplane of the Brazilian Air Force

Data from Suppositions according to EMB 145 family specifications.[citation needed]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3; pilot, co-pilot, flight attendant
  • Capacity: 44 passengers
  • Length: 28.45 m (93 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 20.04 m (65 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 6.76 m (22 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 51.2 m² (551 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 11,740 kg (25,900 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 17,100 kg (37,700 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 21,100 kg (46,500 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce AE 3007A turbofan, 33.0 kN (7,420 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed: 834+ km/h (518+ mph, Mach 0.78+)
  • Range: 3,019 km + internal tanks (1,876 miles + internal tanks)
  • Service ceiling: 11,278+ m (37,000+ ft)
  • Rate of climb: 780+ m/min (2,560+ ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 334+ kg/m² (68+ lb/ft²)


See also


  1. "Importancia da Embraer no Segmento de Defesa" (in Portuguese. Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. Retrieved: 29 December 2011.
  2. 1 Greek Radar Aircraft for operation against Libya
  3. Hellenic Air Force: Embraer EMB-145H AEW&C
  4. Eshel, Tamir. "India Receives First EMB-145 AEW&C Aircraft." Defense Update, 16 August 2012.
  5. "Embraer defence unit to build on billion-dollar 2012". Flight Global, 20 August 2012. Retrieved: 20 August 2012.

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