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IAF may buy 6 A330s for AWACS

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:45 am    Post subject: IAF may buy 6 A330s for AWACS Reply with quote

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/india-may-buy-6-airbus-aircraft-for-awacs/article9537622.ece

India may buy 6 Airbus aircraft for AWACS

February 12

India is likely to place orders worth ₹20,000 crore with Airbus to buy six A330 aircraft to mount the indigenously-built Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS).

DRDO Chairman S Christopher, addressing reporters on the sidelines of Aero India international seminar, said, “Currently the order to buy Airbus aircraft is before the Cabinet Committee on Security.”

“We are hopeful that within six months we will get the clearances and the first aircraft will be ready for handing over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in less than 84 months after signing the contract.”

Before the Airbus buys for full-scale deployment of AWACS, IAF is shortly to induct indigenously one developed by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) in Bengaluru. The one being inducted is built on Brazilian-made Embraer-145 aircraft that would be handed over to the IAF on February 14 at the Aero India 2017.

According to Christopher, CCS had, in 2014, given the go ahead to tender for the aircraft in which AWACS systems would be fitted and following a global competition, Airbus 330 was selected. In all, six aircraft will be secured for the AWACS.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

posting a picture which is news to my ears... that IAF is using CRJ for awacs like configuration

https://flic.kr/p/kPqT3p



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Initially two aircraft will be acquired. There will be a follow on order for four additional aircraft.

The aircraft will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar housed in an external radome.

The A330 platform, designated as AWACS (I), will have 11 operators, as opposed to five aboard the EMB-145. The extra space aboard the aircraft will house an auxiliary power unit and provide accommodation for additional operators.

Endurance will be nine hours, compared with five for the Embraer platform. The official says that no accommodation will be made to equip AWACS (I) with the ability to be refuelled in the air.


https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/aero-india-new-delhi-set-to-sign-off-on-a330-aewc-434146/
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