- The first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in IOC configuration shall be handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF), on 14th February during Aero India 2017.
- This is at the Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru.
- This was announced by Chairman DRDO and Secretary Department of Defence (R&D), Dr. S. Christopher while addressing the media in Bengaluru, during the curtain raiser on DRDO’s participation in Aero India-2017.
The Airborne Surveillance System is a game changer in air warfare.
The AEW&C System is a system of systems populated with state-of-the art:
- Active Electronically Scanned Radar,
- Secondary Surveillance Radar,
- Electronic and Communication Counter Measures,
- LOS (Line of Sight) and beyond LOS data link,
- voice communication system and self protection suite.
- It is built on an Emb-145 platform, having an air to air refuelling capability to enhance surveillance time.
- A Complex tactical software has been developed for fusion of information from the sensors, to provide the air situation picture along with intelligence to handle identification/classification threat assessment.
- Battle management functions are built in house to work as a network centric system of Integrated Air Command & Control System (IACCS) node.
- This system has been developed and evaluated through collaborative efforts between DRDO and the IAF, with coordination for certification clearance and quality assurance by CEMILAC and DGAQA.
- The AEW&C system has undergone all weather and environmental trials and has been accepted by the IAF for induction.