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.

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