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DRDO to develop indigenous AWACS for IAF

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The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given in–principle approval to develop an indigenous AWACS to help the IAF keep an eye deep inside enemy territory

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given in–principle approval to develop an indigenous AWACS to help the IAF keep an eye deep inside enemy territory

drdoNew Delhi: Decks have been cleared for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop an indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) for the India Air Force (IAF).

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given in–principle approval to the DRDO proposal to develop an indigenous AWACS that can help the IAF keep an eye deep inside enemy territory.

The DRDO will now finalise number of such aircrafts that the IAF would require for giving a complete coverage of India’s boundaries, a DRDO official said.

India already has a fleet of three AWACS aircraft supplied by Israel deployed on the Ilyushin-76 aircraft procured form Russia.

For the indigenous AWACS, the DRDO will look for an alternative aircraft of the size of the IL-76 and deploy its AWACS system on it.

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