India To Deploy Home-Made AEW&C For Tracking SFOs

Indian security services are all set to replace their existing Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) systems with home-made AEW&C systems.
Currently, the South Asian country tracks Suspicious Flying Objects (SFOs) in the sky with the help of AEW&C systems made jointly by (India) Russia and Israel. The Indian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Monday that the home-made AEW&C systems would serve the purpose in a better way.
According to the statement, the South Asian nation lost a number of scientists in demoralising accidents in the past while conducting researches. Finally, Indian space scientists have developed a better AEW&C system.
Talking to the local media in New Delhi over the weekend, a senior Defence Ministry official said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) would receive the home-made AEW&C Systems, mounted on Brazilian planes, in December. He also said that India had acquired three Brazilian aircraft for USD 208 million eight years ago for its indigenous AEW&C programme. Although Brazil’s Embraer started sending aircraft to India in 2012, the IAF would receive those next month.
The Defence Ministry official claimed that the Brazilian EMB-145 aircraft have in-flight refuelling system that can significantly increase its electric and cooling capacity and also have a comprehensive set of structural changes. These capabilities will allow the IAF to install the advanced mission systems developed by India’s Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS) on the aircraft.
Meanwhile, the official informed the media that Indian scientists would soon implement the efficient and ambitious AWACS India programme. And the successful implementation of the programme will help the IAF track and monitor movements of SFOs not only on the ground, but also in the sea. The Indian government has already finalised acquisition of two Airbus A330 at cost of USD 813 million for this programme. The IAF can use the Indigenous AWACS (I) System from 2024.
On Friday, Indian Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told the Lower House of the Indian Parliament: “There has been no delay in AWACS(I) Project as the current mandate of the project was to finalise on the contract of the aircraft through a global tendering process, which has been completed.” He explained that AWE&C are airborne radar system to detect aerial threats and command the fighter aircraft for strikes.


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