Deployment of AWACS
Three airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft are presently operationalised in the Indian Air Force (IAF). AWACS are meant as force multipliers for specific area cover and not for surveillance of the entire space of the country, the Defence Minister A.K. Antony has said.
All three AWACS are part of network-centric operations and are able to provide adequate coverage of specified areas in net-centric operations. Enhancement of airborne surveillance and command and control capabilities of IAF is sought to be achieved through procurement of additional AWACS.
To leverage the experience and expertise gained in the design and development of airborne early warning and control systems, a project proposal for indigenous development of AWACS (India) by DRDO has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security on February 12, 2013. The development of AWACS is envisaged to be completed in 84 months from the date of formal sanction of the programme.