India re-enters AEW&CS race; ties up with Brazil

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New Delhi, Jul 3 (UNI) India today re-launched its effort to have a sturdy Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) to enhance capabilities of maintaining vigil over its air by entering into a deal wih Brazil to jointly develop the platform.

India and Brazil have entered into the deal to jointly develop an Early Warning System for the Indian Air Force. The agreement was signed here today by Dr S Christopher, Director, Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), DRDO, and Luis Carlos Aguiar, Executive Vice President (Defence and Govt Market), Embraer in the presence of Marco Brandao, Brazilian Ambassador and M Natarajan, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister.

The Airborne Early Warning and Control System is being developed by the Bangalore based CABS for the Indian Air Force. Under the deal, Brazil's Embraer aircraft manufacturer will modify its regional jet aircraft, EMB-145 to carry the Active Array Antenna Unit (AAAU), developed by the DRDO, on the aircraft's fuselage. Three modified EMB-145 aircraft will be developed under the agreement with the first one ready for delivery in three years, official sources said today.

The various sub-systems of the AEW&CS Mission system will be integrated into the 'modified green' aircraft by DRDO and the full-fledged EMB-145 based AWACS will be flight tested for Mission system in India by DRDO along with IAF from 2012. The system comprises many sub-systems like Radar and communication links that are being designed and developed by DRDO.

A few EMB-145 based AEW&CS versions are already in operation with Air Forces of Brazil, Mexico and Greece.

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