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.

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