IAF to finally have desi ‘eye in the sky’ to look into Pakistan, China

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) will finally induct the first indigenously developed all-weather airborne early warning and control system (AeW&CS)—’Eyes in the Sky”—later this month, augmenting its ability to detect incoming cruise missiles, fighter jets or even drones from both Pakistan and China.

India, which experts say is lagging behind in this aspect of defence capability in comparison with both China and Pakistan, presently has only three Phalcon airborne warning and control system (AWACS), which uses the Israeli early-warning radars mounted in domes on top of IL-76 aircraft.

The indigenous AeW&CS, developed by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) in Bengaluru and integrated on Brazilian-made Embraer-145 aircraft at a cost of over Rs 2,200 crore, has completed all tests and certification, sources in DRDO told TOI.

It will add to the capabilities along with the three Phalcon systems. “The first AeW&Cs is ready for induction while the second one is in the final stages of tests and certification,” the source said. Work on the third and final one is yet to reach the final stages. Read More…

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