New Brazilian/Israeli AEW platform

P600 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft launched by Embraer and ELTA. (Embraer)

Embraer Defense & Security and ELTA Systems signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement at Le Bourget to introduce the P600 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft.

Designed to compete in a new segment of the AEW market, this next generation aircraft is based on the advanced super midsize platform of the Embraer Praetor 600 business jet.

Launched in 2018, the Praetor 600 is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E turbofans. The primary sensor of the P600 AEW is the IAI/ELTA Digital Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with integrated IFF capabilities.

Embraer Defense is to provide the air platform, ground support, communications systems and aircraft integration while ELTA is to provide the AEW radar, SIGINT Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and other electronic systems and system integration.

The Embraer Praetor 600 offers intercontinental range with an outstanding payload capability, high availability and reliability, short turn-around and low life cycle costs. The P600 AEW will have an endurance of seven hours.

With a two pilots and three rear crew operators the P600 AEW can perform missions such as air defence, early warning, command and control (C2), fighter fleet efficiency, territorial defence, and maritime surveillance. It can be configured with the full range of AEW&C sensor and control systems, including; 4th generation Digital AESA AEW radar, civil and military IFF, ESM/ELINT with Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) capability, C2, comprehensive communication suite including data networks and satellite links, and a robust Self Protection Suite (SPS).

A network centric warfare (NCW) capability transforms the P600 AEW into a member of a tactical network and the advanced SPS will perform the detection of potential threats activating any required electronic support measures.

by David Oliver