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IAF to order two more A-50 AWACS

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:51 am    Post subject: IAF to order two more A-50 AWACS Reply with quote

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/IAF-will-add-two-more-Israeli-AWACS-to-its-fleet/articleshow/10649659.cms

IAF will add two more Israeli AWACS to its fleet

Nov 8, 2011

India will order another two advanced Israeli Phalcon AWACS (airborne warning and control systems), or the "formidable eyes in the sky'' capable of detecting hostile aircraft, cruise missiles and other incoming aerial threat far before ground-based radars at a cost of over $800 million soon.

Top defence ministry sources say the "draft contract'' for the two new AWACS "is now finally in the final stages of being examined'' before it's inked as a follow-on order to the $1.1-billion tripartite agreement among India, Israel and Russia in 2004, under which IAF inducted three Phalcon AWACS in 2009-10. The purchase comes at a time when Pakistan is fast snapping at India's heels in this complex military arena, having first inducted four Swedish Saab-2000s and on the verge of getting four Chinese ZDK-03 AWACS.

India's tryst with AWACS has been beset with several problems. First, delivery of the first three AWACS , which have the Israeli 360-degree Phalcon early-warning radar and communication suite mounted on Russian IL-76 heavy-lift military aircraft, was delayed by over two years. Then, there were major teething problems in them getting fully operational, with the Phalcons even being grounded at Agra for some time.

But the IAF is all gung-ho about them, claiming they are "true game-changers'' in modern air warfare, which is more about BVR (beyond visual range) combat rather than face-to-face dogfights of yore. "The Phalcons significantly boost the effectiveness of both offensive and defensive operations. Their enhanced detection and interception capability, connected to fighters and surface-to-air missile systems, are tremendous force-multipliers," said an officer.

Apart from detection of incoming cruise missiles and aircraft from over 400-km away in all-weather conditions, and direction of air defence fighters during combat operations, the Phalcons while flying well within Indian airspace can also monitor troop build-ups or activity at airbases and missile silos deep inside Pakistan.

Indigenous efforts to develop mini-AWACS in a Rs 1,800-crore project approved in 2004, under which AEW&C (airborne early warning and control) systems developed by DRDO are being mounted on three Embraer-145 jets obtained from Brazil for $210 million, have, however, been hit by several delays.

As earlier reported by TOI, their project completion date has been pushed back to April, 2014. These indigenous airborne surveillance platforms will have a normal radar range of 250-km and a 375-km extended one, with a 240-degree coverage and five-hour endurance time.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.defenseworld.net/news/15521/India_To_Purchase_Two_More_Israeli_Surveillance_Aircraft#.Vtmykkko6M8

India To Purchase Two More Israeli Surveillance Aircraft

March 4, 2016

Indiaís Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Tuesday cleared the purchase of two more surveillance aircraft from Israel at a cost of INR 7,500 crore (USD 1.1 billion).

The CCS chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the proposal for two Phalcon Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) under a tripartite agreement with Israel and Russia, The Hindu reported Thursday.

The AWACS are advanced radars mounted on an aircraft to give 360 degree coverage to detect incoming aircraft and missiles at long ranges.

India had procured three Phalcon AWACS, Israeli radars mounted on Russian IL-76 transport aircraft, in 2003 at cost of $1 billion.

Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year, the first by any Indian prime minister.

According to a report by HIS Jane's 380 website, India is expected to procure Israeli military equipment worth an estimated $3 billion ahead of the visit.

In addition to the AWACS, it is due to procure four supplementary Rafael/IAI radar-equipped aerostats for low-level air and sea surveillance by the Indian Air Force, Haaretz reported.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this reminds me what happened to A330 air-tanker order? Also, can't these radars be mounted on a platform better than IL-76?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Indian sources, New Delhi intends to purchase the additional Il-76s from Uzbekistan.

They will be modified in the facilities of the Tashkent Mechanical Plant in Uzbekistan in co-operation with Beriev in Taganrog, Russia.

IAIís Elta division will install the radar in the IL-76 dome in Israel with the other sensors that comprise the Phalcon system.


https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/india-approves-funding-for-two-more-il-76-aew-aircra-423026/
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aseem wrote:
Also, can't these radars be mounted on a platform better than IL-76?
Aseem: any particular reason or which you do not feel he Il-76 to be suitable for the job, as the Be-50?
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