Embraer inks more defense contracts

 - November 12, 2007, 6:52 AM

Embraer has signed contracts with the Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Navy for the supply of two ERJ135LR jets for government transport and medical evacuation tasks. The agreements include provision for a substantial logistics package and mark Embraer’s defense and government business expansion in the Asia Pacific region.

With over 1,000 units delivered and some 12 million flight hours accumulated, the substantial number of ERJ135/145 aircraft in service with airlines around the world confers benefits to military customers. The extensive operational experience and wide coverage of support facilities ensure that military customers enjoy a combination of efficiency and low operating costs, claims Embraer.

In its military role, the ERJ135 has performed government transport and medevac missions for forces in Belgium, Greece, India and Nigeria in addition to Brazil. But the larger 145 also serves as a sensor platform for AEW&C (airborne early warning & control) variants as well as the RS/AGS (regional/area ground surveillance) model and the P-99 operated over Brazil.