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First "Make in India" AEW&C aircraft handed over to Indian Air Force

World Defense & Security News - India
First "Make in India" AEW&C aircraft handed over to Indian Air Force
The first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in IOC configuration has been handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF), on 14th February during Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru.
First Make in India AEW C aircraft handed over to Indian Air Force 640 001IAF's first indigenous AEW&C aircraft unveiled at Aero India 2017
(Credit: IAF)
IAF's new AEW&C aircraft is equipped with Active Electronically Scanned Radar, Secondary Surveillance Radar, Electronic and Communication Counter Measures, LOS (Line of Sight) and beyond LOS data link, voice communication system and self protection suite, built on an Embraer EMB-145 platform, having an air to air refueling capability to enhance surveillance time.

A Complex tactical software has been developed for fusion of information from the sensors, to provide the air situation picture along with intelligence to handle identification/classification threat assessment. Battle management functions are built in house to work as a network centric system of Integrated Air Command & Control System (IACCS) node.

This system has been developed and evaluated through collaborative efforts between the country's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the IAF, with coordination for certification clearance and quality assurance by CEMILAC and DGAQA. The AEW&C system has undergone all weather and environmental trials and has been accepted by the IAF for induction.

the new AEW&C platform will enhance Indian air surveillance capabilities, mainly carried out through a fleet of three Russian-made Beriev A-50 aircraft.