Embraer Controversy in News

IAS Prelims 2023

A Brazilian newspaper reported that Brazilian and US authorities are investigating bribes Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer allegedly paid to acquire deals with Saudi Arabia and India.

In 2008, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) signed a $208 million deal with Embraer for three EMB-145 planes modified to suit the DRDO’s and the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) requirements.

The purchase was made after the UPA government to develop 3 AEW&C (airborne early warning & control systems) to be mounted on EMB-145 jets.

After getting information from Brazilian Newspaper, the Defence ministry asked the DRDO to seek an information and explanation from Embraer about this deal.