NEW DELHI — India has received its the first homemade early warning and control (AEW&C) class of aircraft from Embraer, which will be equipped with homemade India gear and provided to the Indian Air Force.
of Brazil August 17 in Brazil. The AEW&C equipment , meant for use by the Indian Air Force is designed and developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). of India. The aircraft will be delivered to the Indian Air Force this year itself after DRDO integrates integrating some additional systems. by DRDO. [WHO MADE WHAT??GCOK]
The homemade AEW&C equipment includes AESA (an active electronic scanning antenna and a , ) radar antenna developed by DRDO’s Bangalore-based laboratory, the Centre for Airborne Systems.
The primary systems and subsystems of the AEW&CS consist of radar, identification friend or foe interrogator, microwave data link, electronic support measures, operator display consoles with tactical software, and air-to-air voice and data channels.
In addition, it will have satellite communication links and search-and-rescue capabilities.
The system’s radar will have a normal detection range of 250 kilometers and an extended range of 375 kilometers. The system will provide 240 degrees (120 degrees on either side) of coverage that can be stretched to 300 degrees with some loss of range.
The three AEW&CS are scheduled to be inducted by 2014-2015.
“Remaining AEW&C aircraft are due to be delivered to the Indian Air Force as part of a contract signed in 2008 that includes a comprehensive package for training, technical support, spare parts, and ground support equipment. These aircraft, upon entry-into-service, will join four Embraer Legacy 600 jets — currently operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the transportation of Indian government officials and foreign dignitaries — and a fifth Embraer Legacy 600 which belongs to the Border Security Force (BSF), under India’s Home Ministry,” says the official release of Embraer.
In 1999, DRDO’s AEW&CS program was suspended following the crash of the homegrown Indian Airborne Surveillance Platform during test trials.