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.

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