SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Induction of Airbus A319-based Netra MkII Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) will commence from 2027-28 onwards as Six Ex-Air India A319 is currently being stripped out of unwanted Civil technology and will have a complete MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations ) before work on external structural will begin that will house sensors and other military-grade technology.
Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) is developing an upgraded primary radar (PR), and secondary surveillance radar (SSR) for the program and also working with LRDE for the development of Uttam Active electronically scanned array radar to replace whether radar on the nose cone for 300° Radar coverage at all time.
IAF already operates three ERJ-145-based Netra MkI AEW&CS and Three IL-78 based Phalcon AWACS and is planning to procure 2 more ERJ-145 platforms for the Netra MkI AEW&CS program and One Wet lease of Airbus A330 AWACS from France. IAF is planning to have a fleet of 18 AEW&CS and AWACS.
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