Embraer equipped with (AEW&C) does mid-air refuelling; heres why its crucial
In an exercise that is sure to extend the range of an Embraer transport aircraft equipped with Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system, refuelling was done successfully mid-air.
This capability would give the aircraft capacity to fly for longer duration, beyond the aircraft’s stated endurance.
This is also the first time that air-to-air refuelling has been carried out on the Embraer platform.
The “Probe and Drogue” air-to-air refuelling methodology practiced by IAF pilots requires exceptional flying skills as the receiving aircraft has to accurately insert the receptacle probe into the basket shaped drogue trailing behind the fuel tanker aircraft.
During the process of such refuelling both aircraft have to maintain extremely accurate flying parameters.
The AEW&C System is a system of systems populated with state-of-the art Active Electronically Scanned Radar, Secondary Surveillance Radar, Electronic and Communication Counter Measures, LOS (Line of Sight) and beyond LOS data link, voice communication system and self protection suite, built on an Emb-145 platform, having an air to air refuelling capability to enhance surveillance time. It is mounted on a Brazilian Embraer-145 jet.>