Early warning system AEW&CS inducted into IAF at Aero India

The AEW&CS is capable of detecting and tracking, identifying and classifying threats, guidance and interception control, display of the air situation picture and multi-sensor data integration.

Published: 14th February 2017 04:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2017 04:34 PM   |  A+A-

The AEW&CS is capable of detecting and tracking, identifying and classifying threats, guidance and interception control, display of the air situation picture and multi-sensor data integration. | Express Photo Service

Express News Service

BENGALURU: The first version of the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) was inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the inaugural day of Aero India-2017, Bengaluru’s air show, here on Tuesday.

The AEW&CS, popularly known as AWACS, has been developed by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) in Bengaluru. The AEW&CS system was handed over to the IAF in the presence of defence minister Manohar Parrikar today during Aero India-2017.

The AEW&CS is capable of detecting and tracking, identifying and classifying threats, guidance and interception control, display of the air situation picture and multi-sensor data integration.

According to the Defence Ministry, AEW&CS is a system populated with state-of-the-art Active Electronically Scanned Radar, Secondary Surveillance Radar, Electronic and Communication Counter Measures, LOS (Line of Sight) and beyond LOS data link. Apart from it, it has a voice communication system and a self-protection suite and has an air-to-air refuelling capability to enhance surveillance time.

The aircraft has undergone all weather and environmental trials and has been accepted by the IAF for induction, a statement by the defence ministry said.

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) stated that it is a Rs 2400 crore project. The indigenous AEW&CS was developed by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) in Bengaluru and integrated into a Brazilian-made Embraer-145 aircraft. 

A DRDO official said, "In March 2016, the Defence Acquisition Council cleared the building of 2 AWACS-India. The IAF previously said that it requires at least 8 AWACS. Another AWACS will be inducted in three or four months."

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp