ISR
Overview

Embraer´s state-of-the-art family of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft delivers the best solution on the market for meeting mission needs:

  • Lowest total cost for complete mission compliance
  • Worldwide logistic support (more than 900 aircraft in operation)
  • Latest in systems technology
  • Mission flexibility without major re-investment in development
  • Upgradeable options for future mission evolutions
  • Quick reaction time
  • Low noise operation
  • The best option for most Special Mission aircraft/systems needs

Platform

From successful commercial aircraft to cost-effective defense systems, the transformation of the ERJ 145 platform into a military aircraft equipped with sensors capable of detecting and interpreting "targets" (aircraft, missiles, boats, vehicles, ground facilities, all types of electromagnetic radiation and natural resources) required sizable investments and sophisticated technology, much of which affected the basic aircraft itself. This is where Embraer's technology and expertise come into play.

The perfect combination of modern equipment, advanced technology and low downtime, together with a high degree of readiness — the direct result of a platform intended for the competitive regional market — has improved operating economics through a reduction in inspection frequencies and ground times, enabling these aircraft to fly over 3,000 FH annually.

It's a simple formula: intelligence, plus surveillance, plus reconnaissance equals situational awareness. Integrating it on one platform is fundamental to mission success.

Affordable, reliable, efficient and innovative — the EMB 145 is designed specifically for the demanding intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission requirements in today's information warfare environment. The aircraft are capable of receiving and transmitting data through their embedded, state-of-the-art wide band on-board data-link systems. Sensor images, including target data, are readily received from or relayed to command and control stations on the ground or in the air or to other aircraft in the operational theater.

The system precision, effectiveness, and flexibility of these aircraft far exceed normal requirements, ensuring operational capabilities and accuracy during their entire service life.

Their cost-effectiveness, affordability and readiness to assume operational supremacy make them the ideal choice for armed forces throughout the world.

EMB 145
AEW&C

The EMB 145 AEW&C is the most advanced and affordable Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft available on the market. It is the perfect blend of Embraer’s proven, reliable and cost-effective ERJ 145 platform with a unique, high-performance, multi-mode active phased-array AEW radar, a powerful command and control system and a comprehensive set of support systems like ESM, self-protection and communications, including data-links.

State-of-the-art

The core of the EMB 145 AEW&C is a compact, state-of-the-art mission system. Built by Ericsson Microwave, the ERIEYE AEW system has intelligent sensor technology and a user-friendly command and control system, capable of quickly acquiring accurate and comprehensive information .

Latest developments in sensors and systems

The outstanding radar system can detect and track both sea and airborne targets, over land and water, all with an impressive instrumented range.

An electronically scanned radar beam overcomes the limitations of rotating antennas through faster beam-pointing to the target or area, a characteristic only possible with active phased array technology. This gives the radar the ability to adapt the transmission waveform according to target dynamics and background clutter. The result is exceptional performance to simultaneously track multiple air and sea targets while protecting the radar from single failure with graceful degradation capability.

Multi-Role

Airborne Early Warning

The primary mission of an AEW platform is to detect, track and identify targets in its patrol area and forward these data so as to give friendly forces an accurate and comprehensive operational picture. The EMB 145 AEW&C performs these tasks with excellent results. With an instrumented range of 450 km, the AEW radar will detect and track targets long before they may become a threat. The IFF interrogator, associated with supporting C2 databases, provides fast and reliable target identification. Finally, the advanced data-links allow all these vital data to be disseminated in a timely manner throughout the battle space to all units that need them. In the end, decision makers have the information they need at the time they need it.

Airspace
management

By combining the various vigilance modes of the AEW radar with the IFF interrogator, suitable C2 databases and adequate communication resources, the EMB-145 AEW&C can in fact perform all relevant ATC tasks. Flight plans can be stored, edited and downloaded via data-link as required. Corridors and special interest areas — including intrusion alarms — can be set in the Situation Display to allow mission crew members to perform airspace management with high efficiency and low workload.

Fighter allocation
and intercept control

The C2 system onboard the EMB 145 AEW&C features all the resources necessary to allow the mission crew to perform weapons control tasks. A comprehensive set of data bases provides the relevant data about air bases and fighters. Air-to-air data-links ensure that the controllers always have the real-time status of each fighter in a patrol. Crucial information such as fighter’s remaining fuel and stores are available at a finger’s touch. Decision support tools offer valuable suggestions, such as the best selection of interceptor for a given target, as well as the intercept procedure itself, chosen from a variety of intercept patterns.

Signals
intelligence

The EMB 145 AEW&C incorporates an advanced Electronic Warfare System. Passive ELINT and COMINT systems allow full exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum of tactical interest. Both technical and tactical presentations are available, thus giving the system operator all the resources and tools to identify and locate emitters of interest. Signal data can also be recorded for further ground analysis. SW tools are provided to build and maintain libraries with emitter types and classes. The ELINT system also performs fingerprinting, which allows the identification of unique individuals in a same class of radars.

Surveillance and
control of borders,
surveillance of
exclusive economic
zones and sea
surveillance

The high probability of detection, low false alarm rate and multi-mode capability of the Erieye radar ensures that nothing passes unperceived, either in the air or on the sea. Smugglers, unauthorized fishers or any potentially hostile air or sea vehicles won’t be given a chance of doing any harm where an EMB-145 AEW&C is on duty.

High Availability

A high degree of commonality with the highly successful ERJ 145 means that (1) the airframe sports a record of 7+ million flight hours, 8+ million cycles and (2) a large number of support centers worldwide puts spare parts no more than a few hours away from where they’re needed.

Affordability

The aircraft’s platform was designed to be economically efficient in the highly demanding environment of the civilian commercial aviation. Low acquisition and direct operating costs are inherited from the commercial aircraft.

PROVEN SOLUTIONS

The EMB 145 AEW&C is currently in operation with the Brazilian Air Force, carrying out aerial surveillance, mission coordination, aircraft vectoring and other missions in the Amazon basin. It is one of the mainstays of the SIVAM program, one of the most ambitious and successful vigilance programs recently developed worldwide.

The EMB 145 AEW&C has also been delivered to Greece, where it provides the Hellenic Air Force with early warning and control capabilities compatible with the NATO environment, and to Mexico, to be used in its border surveillance program.

EMB 145
Multi Intel

The EMB 145 MULTI INTEL is an advanced Remote Sensing / Airborne Ground Surveillance and Intelligence aircraft capable of providing real-time imagery and signals intelligence over ground objectives. It is equipped with an extensive sensor suite ranging from high-performance synthetic aperture radar to electro-optical sensors, in addition to communications and electronic exploitation systems capable of gathering complete intelligence information.

State-of-the-art

Latest developments
in sensors and systems

For IMINT (Imagery Intelligence) missions the aircraft is equipped with RF, E/O and IR sensors. The synthetic aperture radar is a day and night, all-weather multi-mode sensor. In the Map mode, the dual band SAR is capable of producing 3 D maps and the full polarimetric capability provides imagery with analysts multiple responses from the same scene.

Using a combination of responsive aircraft performance and high data processing ability, the SAR allows imagery generation over vast ground areas in a short period of time. In the surveillance mode the MTI allows this sensor to detect and track any moving target at low speed on the ground or on rivers. The electro-optical sensor is a multispectral scanner capable of acquiring imagery from the visible to the thermal IR spectrum. The FLIR system completes the set of imagery sensors. All the collected images can be either processed in near real-time or recorded to be processed and analyzed on the ground.

Equipped with high-sensitivity SIGINT systems, the EMB 145 MULTI INTEL is also capable of monitoring and locating electromagnetic signal sources at very long distances. All data acquired by the on-board sensors can be transmitted in real-time to ground stations through an advanced wideband data-link system. On the ground, the collected images and SIGINT data are analyzed and fused to produce an integrated intelligence report.

Multi-Role

The EMB 145 MULTI INTEL was designed for maximum versatility by allowing the integration of any type of sensor to satisfy the most demanding ground surveillance or remote sensing requirements around the globe.

The Most
Advanced Imagery
Sensors

IMINT missions are performed with three different sensors, which may or may not be used simultaneously.

• Electronic - SAR - Synthetic Aperture Radar
• ElectroOptical - MSS - Multispectral Scanner
• IR - FLIR - Forward Looking Infra Red System

The Real
Multi-Function
Aircraft

Equipped with sensors that allow mission execution in all weather, night and day, the EMB 145 MULTI INTEL permits the data collection for IMINT (Imagery Intelligence), COMINT (Communication Intelligence) and ELINT (Electronic Intelligence), providing a complete picture of the area of interest.

Exploits Multi-Source Intelligence:
• Cross-Cue Sensors
• Overlay IMINT/SIGINT

True Multi-Mission Capability:
• Ground Mapping
• Ground Surveillance
• Surveillance of Economic Zones
• Surveillance of Borders
• Search and Rescue

The Surveillance
Management
System

The EMB 145 MULTI INTEL provides the surveillance management system data integration and fusion in real-time. Based on the effective, flexible Human-Machine Interface (HMI), it provides:

• Digital map technology to support geographical situation and flight map display of the mission area
• Mission System control and status monitoring
• The ability to maintain and display, on demand, data and video information for any integrated Mission System such as:
- Synthetic Aperture Radar — SAR
- Electro-Optics (Optical/Multispectral Scanner, FLIR)
- SIGINT Systems (COMINT and ELINT)
• Communication control and report support

The Tactical
Communication System

The EMB MULTI INTEL incorporates a highly flexible Tactical Communication and Data-link system with a large growth capability.

It can easily be integrated to any dedicated Air Defense Command System. The acquired imagery can be transmitted in real-time with the wide-band data-link system via point-to-point data link or via satellite.

The tactical communication system with ECCM capacities and secure data features covers a wide range of frequency, from HF up to L Band, to support the links 11,14, 16 and 22.

The data-link system, integrated with the Surveillance Management System, allows the transmission/reception of the sensor data, situational awareness, SMS commands and free texts among others.

Vital communication links are secure and stand robust against even the most sophisticated jamming equipment:
• SECOS
• SATURN
• Have Quick II

A dedicated Mission Audio System allows:
• A Hot communication for all crew (including reserves)
• HF, VHF and V/UHF Audio Control in each console

High Availability

A high degree of commonality with the highly successful ERJ 145 means that (1) the airframe sports a record of 7+ million flight hours, 8+ million cycles and (2) a large number of support centers worldwide puts spare parts no more than a few hours away from where they're needed. All of this, combined with the state of the art sensors, gives the EMB 145 MULTI INTEL one of the highest availability and reliability rates in its category.

Affordability

The aircraft's platform was designed to be economically efficient in the highly demanding environment of the civilian commercial aviation. Low acquisition and direct operating costs are inherited from the commercial aircraft.

PROVEN SOLUTIONS

Today, three EMB 145 MULTI INTEL are being deployed day in and day out, to survey the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon basin. They are part of the most sophisticated ISR program in the world, the SIVAM, Amazon Surveillance Program.

Aircraft are fully operational, performing civilian and military missions in the Amazon basin such as:
• Remote Sensing (SAR, EO, IR)
• Ground Surveillance (MTI and SAR Spot mode)
• SIGINT
• Near Real Time Dissemination

Proven System Performance:
• High performance at low cost
• Large mapping area and surveillance volume
• High reliability and commercial support
• Truly multi-mission capability
• Civilian and military application

The most advanced Airborne Ground Surveillance. Affordable, reliable and operational.

The development of a third version followed from the Mexican Air Force's request for a highly efficient maritime patrol aircraft, which took the design of the Remote Sensing version into account.

EMB 145
Maritime Patrol

The Embraer’s MP (Maritime Patrol) platforms comply with the following missions:

• Maritime Patrol
• Search and Rescue (SaR)
• Smuggling, Drug Trafficking and Piracy Repression
• Surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ)
• Electronic Warfare (EW), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT)
• Communication Intelligence (COMINT)

The MP platforms can fly in high speeds and altitudes during surveillance and patrol missions, which allow the reduction of the reaction time, when necessary.

The MP platforms can also fly in low altitude, within the operational limits, in order to comply with SaR missions.

The MP platforms, besides the sensors and mission systems, can be integrated with real time, wide band tactical communication system and BLOS (beyond line of sight) and/or LOS (within line of sight) data links.

Platforms
Key Features

High cruise speed and operational altitude

State-of-art avionic system with HUD (Head-Up Display) and EVS (Enhanced Vision System)

Large and comfortable resting area with galley and lavatory

Low noise and vibration levels

Observation window and cargo door for launching SaR kit

Excellent vertical clearance: allows installing a large radar antenna

Growth potential for future operational updates

Typical Setting
for Mission Systems

Mission Management System

Maritime Patrol Radar

Electro-Optical/Infra-red System (EO/IR)

Electronic Support Measures (ESM)

Acoustic Processor

Self-Protection System

Side-Looking Aperture Radar (SLAR)