AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING AND CONTROL (AEW&C) AIRCRAFT INDUCTION

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AEW&C aircraft
The Second indigenously developed AEW&C aircraft

The Indian Air Force formally inducted its second indigenously developed AEW&C aircraft into its inventory at Air Force Station Bhisiana, Punjab on 11th September 2019.

An AEW&C is an aircraft used by Air Forces around the world to detect aircraft, ships and vehicles at long ranges and attack aircraft strikes. It can also carry our surveillance over enemy area using all its radar’s ane other equipments.

The Indian Air Force has formally inducted its second Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft which is indigenously developed into its inventory in an induction ceremony held at Air Force Station Bhisiana located in the state of Punjab.

The Chief Guests of the induction ceremony Air Marshal R Nambiar (Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command) who was handed over the keys of the aircraft by Dr S Guruprasad DS & DG (PC&SI) of DRDO(Defence Research and Development Organisation).

The AEW&C aircraft system is an indigenously developed & produced airborne surveillance system by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), DRDO. The aircraft system is mounted on an Embraer-145 aircraft which has been designed specifically to suit the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force.

AEW&C IAF
AEW&C IAF

The AEW&C aircraft is also has a proverbial as the “Eye in the Sky” which derives its combat capability from a state-of-the-art integrated system and comprising of multiple sensors thus giving it an ability to pick up low-level targets deep inside the enemy’s airspace which will be an advantage to the IAF, also the aircraft is also capable of air-to-air refuelling which significantly enhances its on-station operational endurance and operational capabilities.

The first AEW&C aircraft was inducted into the IAF on 14 Feb 2017 during the Aero India-2017 held at Bangalore. The aircraft has since provided Air Defence surveillance and control from the mountainous terrains of J&K, through the deserts of Rajasthan and stretching to the Rann of Kutch.

The AEW&C aircraft also took part in all major exercises conducted by IAF over the last two years. It has also participated in Ex-Cope India 2018(an Airforcr ecercise between India and the USA), where it controlled both Indian and US fighter pilots. This potent force multiplier also holds the distinction of undertaking the first-ever Air-to-Air refuelling by any transport aircraft in the Indian Air Force’s inventory.

Induction of the second indigenously built AEW&C aircraft is another significant step towards fulfilling the ‘Make in India’ vision, and bolstering the operational capability of the IAF. We should be really proud of our country and IAF, what’s your thought on it?

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