IAF chief inspects first indigenous AEW&C aircraft
India’s first indigenous AEW&C system has been formally received by the Bangalore-based Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), which along with CEMILAC, DGAQA and an IAF/Embraer team, will now put the aircraft through crucial systems and flight trials. IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, who was chief guest at the ceremony, had his first chance to inspect the new platform. Speaking on the occasion, he said the AEW&C programme is the starting point for much larger, more complex projects such as AWACS India programme. “The world is watching this programme with bated breath. Its success will put our country into the elite group which can develop and deliver such complex state-of-the-art systems,” said Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Director General, DRDO. The indigenous AEW&C system based on projections by the IAF and built on the EMB-145I by DRDO has incorporated more operational capabilities than contemporary systems of its class”. According to the makers, the indigenous AEW&C system is a multi-sensor system providing for all aspects of airborne early warning & control in today’s defence scenario. The aircraft is scheduled to proceed to ‘shake down’ trials shortly, and spend a year in integration and development flight trials.