First EMB 145 AEW&C aircraft lands in India
The first of three modified Embraer EMB 145 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Indian Air Force landed in India on August 23. The aircraft flew in with mission system external components developed and built by DRDO including the platform’s primary sensor, an active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna with passive electronics fitted on the aircraft. The aircraft will now begin to receive the fully indigenous DRDO developed mission system, followed by development flight trials in India beginning of 2013. Much rides on the success of trials that will be conducted first in Bangalore, before trials in other parts of the country, including in desert and high altitude conditions. The Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) and CEMILAC will conduct the trials in coordination. The second aircraft is likely to land in India early next year.