Tuesday, November 9, 2010
2:40 AM ASIAN DEFENCE No comments
India's first indigenously-developed Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system is ready and is being sent to Brazil shortly to be integrated with an Embraer 145 jet .First Embraer is due to roll out in Jan 2011, and the Indian AEW&C radar will be integrated on it by 2011-end. The Embraer aircraft will be modified for mid-air refueling to extend their 3,000 km-plus range.The IAF is also looking at the Boeing 737-700 AEW&C equipped with Northrop Grumman's Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar, the type already sold to Australia. The AWACS and AEW&C systems are advanced radars, absolutely essential in contemporary defence requirements for long-range and precision engagement to neutralize hostile targets.Both the Indian Navy and the IAF should require at least 20 each of them, although on different platforms and different capabilities.