Embraer, IAI ELTA Team to Launch P600 AEW Aircraft

Under the agreement signed at the Paris Air Show, Embraer will provide the air platform, ground support, communications systems and aircraft integration while ELTA is to provide the AEW radar, SIGINT, and other electronic systems

The P600 AEW aircraft (Credit: IAI)

Embraer Defense & Security and ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement to introduce the P600 AEW (Airborne Early Warning). 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. The primary sensor of the P600 AEW is the IAI/ELTA 4th-generation Digital Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with integrated IFF capabilities.

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

The P600 AEW addresses the growing market of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for countries that require cost-effective, high performance and flexible solutions for defense and homeland security missions, the companies said in a joint press release.

The aircraft provides an extended Air Situational Picture by monitoring aerial activity in areas outside ground radar coverage. It can perform various missions such as Air Defense, Early Warning, Command and Control, Fighter Fleet Efficiency, Territorial Defense, and Maritime Surveillance. Also, the P600 AEW 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 capability, Command & Control, comprehensive communication suite including Data Networks and Satellite Links, and a robust Self Protection Suite (SPS).

A comprehensive communications suite allows for data link capability as well as satellite communication for operations beyond the line of sight data link. It also secures interoperability with allied forces. Network-centric warfare (NCW) capability transforms the P600 AEW into a member of a tactical network. An advanced self-protection system (SPS) performs the detection of potential threats activating any required electronic support measures.

“This aircraft delivers superior performance and flexibility that translates into the greatest value proposition in its category”, said Jackson Schneider, President & CEO Embraer Defense & Security. “It can be easily configured to match the customer needs and it can perform a wide variety of missions in a very efficient and cost-effective way.” 

“As part of IAI’s new strategy, we are ramping up our collaborations with global business entities, leveraging the know-how and technology accumulated over decades of aerospace and defense operations. As the pioneers of the bizjet AEW, ELTA Systems has made large strides over the years towards offering cost-effective AEW capabilities for the growing and changing global needs,” said Yoav Tourgeman, ELTA President & IAI Executive VP. “Our partnership forged with Embraer Defense & Security enables us to introduce a new market segment by offering a cost-effective midsize bizjet AEW system.”