IndraStra Global Editorial Team
Image Attribute: DRDO AEW&C, on Embraer ERJ 145 as a platform, Fly-pass at Aero India 2013 / Source: Wikipedia
On Feb 14, 2016, Indian Air Force is finally going to induct the first indigenously developed all-weather airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) - 'Eye in the Sky' at the Aero India 2017 in Bengaluru.
DRDO chairman S. Christopher on Saturday told reporters that the induction will happen at Aero India.
Developed by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) in Bengaluru and integrated on Brazilian-made Embraer-145 aircraft, the indigenous AEW&C system will add to the capabilities along with the three existing Phalcon systems based on IL-76 aircraft.
The system is equipped with two radiating planar arrays assembled back-to-back and mounted on top of the fuselage in an active antenna array unit (AAAU) will provide 240° coverage like Erieye. The AAAU is configured to compactly house 10 × 2 antenna array panels, 160 transmit-receive 10 × 2 antenna array panels, 160 transmit-receive multi-modules (TRMMs) dividers, beam forming units, beam control units, power supply units and related electronic devices including cables and connectors. This has been achieved through an innovative and iterative process to arrive at the AAAU with minimal dimensions and optimum mass properties.
A unique feature of this Indian TRMM design is that eight trans-receive modules are combined compactly to form a single TRMM, thus facilitating high-density installation of 160 of them in the AAAU to power the surveillance radar.
Additionally, the aircraft has other mission capabilities like identification friend or foe (IFF), electronic and communication support measures, C-band line-of-sight and Ku-band SATCOM data links, etc., similar to those on the AWACS and CAEW systems.
"It is equipped with multiple communication and data links that can alert and direct fighters against threats while providing Recognizable Air Surveillance Picture to commanders at the strategically located Ground Exploitation Stations," DRDO was quoted in Times of India.
In March 2016, India's cabinet level, Defence Acquisition Council had cleared the building of two AWACS. The eventual plan is to induct eight such aircraft under the 'Awacs-India'.
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With reporting by Times of India, Zee News, and Economic Times