EMBRAER EMB-145H AEW&C
the HAF crews experience inthe AEW role. However, theneed or an HAF AEW&C aircratwas made even greater in the1980s and 1990s as the TurkishAir Force stepped up its fghter intrusions into Greek airspace.As an interim solution a pair o AEW&C Saab S100B Argusaircrat ftted with Ericsson(now Saab Microwave Systems)Erieye PS-890 radar systemswere leased rom the SwedishAir Force (Flygvapnet). Theorder was placed in December 1998. Aircrat modifcationswere undertaken by Saab andEricsson over the course o ayear. No.380 AEW Squadron,with its call-sign ‘Ouranos’ –meaning sky – was established atElesis, and HAF F-4E weaponssystem ofcers and air trafccontrollers were re-trained asradar operators/controllers. Theconverted aircrat arrived inJune 2001 and were operateduntil late September 2003 –marking the frst and so ar only co-operation between theFlygvapnet and HAF.
The lease led the HAF to selectthe Embraer R-99A ftted withthe Erieye system to provide amore permanent and ar moresophisticated AEW&C presenceover the Aegean Sea. TheHAF ordered our exampleso the aircrat, a militaryAEW&C version o the Braziliancompany’s successul EMB-145commercial airliner.Following the training o maintenance personnel andmission crew at Embraer’sacilities at São José dosCampos, Brazil, the frst o the our aircrat (c/n 671) wasdelivered by Embraer pilots toGreece on October 29, 2004.The aircrat was designatedEMB-145H.
So began a long process o introducing the aircrat to HAFservice – it was particularlydrawn out because the HAFwas the frst user o the typeand systems rom our dierentcompanies (Embraer, Ericsson,Thales and Elettronica) werebeing integrated onto it. Keyamong the operational testswas the interoperability o theEMB-145H’s datalink and Erieyesystems.