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India scans for new AWACS platform

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:01 am    Post subject: India scans for new AWACS platform Reply with quote

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/india-scans-for-new-awacs-platform-397626/

India scans for new AWACS platform

New Delhi has issued a global tender for the supply of six aircraft that will serve as platforms for its ambitious Airborne Warning and Control System India (AWACS India) programme.

The tender invites bids from airframers by 15 July for the “supply of suitable aircraft with necessary structural modifications, power and endurance adaptations”, along with “equipment installation/installation provisions for the AWACS India role”. The project will also include design and certification tasks, including the manufacture and installation of a 10m (33ft)-diameter antenna rotodome and supporting pylon.

The Bengaluru-based Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) is leading the AWACS India programme, which received approval from the nation's Cabinet Committee on Security in February 2013. The effort is scheduled to be complete by 2020-2021.

CABS is also currently involved in the design and development of an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system which is being integrated with three Embraer EMB-145 regional jets. This activity is running three years behind schedule.

The long-term integrated perspective plan for India’s armed forces envisages the deployment of AWACS and AEW&C platforms. The Indian air force at present has three A-50EI Phalcon platforms developed from the Ilyushin Il-76, with earlier plans to acquire an additional two having so far failed to progress.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any idea for possible options! Do they have to be new planes? How about picking up a few MD-11s from Victorville?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Airbus could sell some A-340-500 (ex sq )
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Airbus could sell some A-340-500 (ex sq )


That would be too big. They could also get some cheap, older build 744s, but it is the same problem there.

The ideal sizes for an AWACS platform are those of the 707/767/IL-76.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is some update on this

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More Eyes in the Sky for Air Force: India to Buy 2 More Radar Mounted Aircraft
NEW DELHI: With the aim of having more ears and eyes in the sky to detect incoming missiles and aircraft the Ministry of the Defence today cleared the acquisition of the aircraft mounted radars - Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS).

Source told NDTV the Defence Acquisition Council - the highest decision making body of the ministry on acquisitions which is headed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar - has cleared the purchase of two French made Airbus A-330 aircraft at a total cost of Rs. 5100 crore. The radars to be mounted on these aircrafts will be developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). India wants to have to six such AWACS.

AWACS can monitor huge swathes of airspace, look deep into enemy territory, intercept communications and detect incoming threats, whether missiles or aircrafts. An AWACS can detect a missile the moment it is fired from enemy territory or pick up enemy fighter jets even as they get airborne. By beaming down real time pictures to the ground they allow more time and an appropriate response.

India has three operational AWACS. These are Israeli made radars mounted on IL-76 - Russian-made heavy transport jets. Two more AWACS of the same variety - the acquisition of which was cleared in 2014 - are expected to join the IAF in 2016.

Besides, another three mounted Brazilian Embraer Jets are expected to join the Indian Air Force or IAF next year. But the range and capability of the Embraer mounted AWACS are limited.

India has been trying to acquire AWACS capability since the 1980s. Its efforts suffered a major blow when an indigenously made radar mounted on an Avro - a light transport aircraft - crashed in January 1999 in Tamil Nadu killing all eight people, including four scientists on board.

Also, the Defence Acquisition Council cleared the purchase of 30 Weapon Locating Radars (WLR) made by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) - Defence Public Sector Unit - at a total cost Rs. 1605 crore. The WLRs are typically used by the artillery to locate gun position enemy territory. Once the enemy weapon positions are known, missiles, artillery fire or even fighters can be directed towards them to destroy them.


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