After many delays and disruptions, India's Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C), dreams have finally taken off with the latest delivery of an AEW&C platform from Brazilian aircraft-maker Embraer.
India, on Thursday, took delivery of the Embraer 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft following the completion of a host of tests conducted by both Embraer and the Indian Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) which designed the phased array radar which sits atop the aircraft. The first of the three AEW&C aircraft comes equipped with India’s first-ever airborne Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar, giving it the capability to detect missiles and hostile fighters at all angles.
Indian AEW&C ( Image courtesy - shephardmedia.com )
This surveillance aircraft would now move to DRDO Labs, to be fitted with Mission Systems Avionics and will commence the developmental trials, after successful ground evaluation clearances. This new platform would give the Indian Air Force capability of operating both the longer range Israeli-made IL-76 Phalcon AWACS as well as the shorter range Brazilian EMB 145.
In another paralle-running project, as a follow-on contract worth $800 million, India in 2011 had ordered another two advanced Israeli Phalcon AWACS which will be delivered in 2015. IAF already operates three Phalcon AWACS, and is looking to increase the order to a total of twelve platforms.
Indian AWACS ( Image Courtesy - bharat-rakshak.com )
News Courtesy - thehindubusinessline.com
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