原文标题：India to launch AWACS project to counter China, Pak
NEW DELHI: With Pakistan stealing a swift march in the "eyes in the sky" arena and China already way ahead, India is now going to launch its own full-blown futuristic AWACS (airborne warning and control system) programme.
"Clearances are underway" to initially develop two AWACS aircraft, with four more to follow at a later stage, under the new `AWACS-India' project to be executed by DRDO and its Bangalore-based Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS).
"Under it, 360-degree AESA (active electronically scanned array) radars will be mounted on large aircraft like IL-76, Boeing or Airbus," said a DRDO source.
Potent force-multipliers like AWACS or AEW&C (airborne early warning and control) systems have changed the entire nature of air warfare because they can detect incoming aerial threats, ranging from fighters to cruise missiles, much before ground-based radars.
They also serve to direct air defence fighters during combat operations with enemy jets and also help in tracking troop build-ups.
Pakistan already has four Swedish Saab-2000 AEW&C aircraft, with four more Chinese ZDK-03 AWACS in the pipeline. China has around 20 AWACS, a mix of new and old systems, say sources.
But IAF has only three Phalcon AWACS mounted on IL-76 aircraft, under the $1.1 billion tripartite agreement among India, Israel and Russia finalized in 2004, despite being confronted with two potentially hostile fronts.
The case for two additional "follow-on" Phalcon AWACS, with a range of over 400-km and 360-degree coverage like the first three, has run into some rough weather due to sharp cost escalation.
Moreover, DRDO's ongoing mini-AWACS project, under which indigenous AEW&C systems are to be mounted on three Embraer-145 jets obtained from Brazil for $210-million, has also slipped after being approved in October, 2004, at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore.
DRDO, however, contends the project is now on track. "CABS will get the first Embraer, modified with antenna units and other structures mounted on its fuselage, in July," said an official.
"All electronic systems, with a normal radar range of 250-km and a 240-degree coverage, will then be integrated. The first flight should take place in early-2013. The project completion date is April 2014," said an official.
IAF is awaiting the completion of the mini-AWACS project as well as the launch of the larger 'AWACS-India' programme with crossed fingers. AWACS also constitute a crucial constituent of its IACCS (integrated air command and control system) programme, the fully-automated network being set up to integrate the wide array of military radars with each other as well as with civilian radars to plug surveillance gaps in Indian airspace.
always Indian (Kerala)
Wait a minute! DRDO is assigned with this project? Then this awacs will be joining IAF in 2050 AD!
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Proud Indian (Chennai) 7 hrs ago
Forget China and Pakistan?. We could NOT even lift a finger against tiny Srilanka when their army massacred our own ethnic Tamils, when they cried help, help. What's the use of our 1.7 million army, missiles and nukes?.------Our neighbors look at China with awe, respect and admiration. They look down upon us with suspecion and think that a bread snatcher has come. Even Srilanka and Bangladesh have started avoiding us because they do NOT want to upset China. In short, our neighbors have started hating us.-------We look like impotents for China, pariah for neighbors, stupid concubine for the west and a holy cow for ourselves:)
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Harami Paki (London) 7 hrs ago
Pakis have 4 AWACS, and Drones keep bombing like crazy. They must have borrowed it from China.
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disappointed Indian (USA) 11 hrs ago
This news is not a celebration. We Indians are ver hopeful for new projects. We never follow up. Look any DRDO projects including any tank, missile, submarine, or Tejas project. We call all indigenous projects but if you look carefully, main critical components or engines were not manufactured in India. We have long way to go.
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Scientist G-IV (Kota) 8 hrs ago
hahahahaha................ DRDO which was unable to make a rifle after using AK-47 mechanism, which was unable to make indigenous tank using Vijayanta tank engine, which was unable to make light aircraft Tejas using foreign engine, now they will make AWACS........... pata nahi kya banayenge !!!! Why dont directly purchased from Israel, US, Russia or EU ????
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dandadhari jee (Sarvatra)
What was those porki awacs doing when US landed in Abottabad and killed laden
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Sam (Mumbai) 7 hrs ago
Pakis are frauds. They have nothing, they didn't even know when Navy seals flew in meters away to their Army Garrison.
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abc (India) 9 hrs ago
scrap DRDO which is good for nothing. We are not able to develope indigenious weapons and still have to depend on foreign countries for defending ourself. Better we invest in direct procurement of weapons in stead of wasting money on DRDO.
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We are even slower than Pakistan. I believe delayed because Crooks were searching a bad quality supplier with fat commission.
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Bholu (Delhi) 13 hrs ago
India buys weapons only for commission and not for war preparedness.
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Pushpinder Singh (Chandigarh) 4 hrs ago
There are at least two countries which will be over-joyed to learn of this news -- China and Pakistan! They would have been worried had our decision been to go in for purchase of AWACS. Knowing about DRDO's achievements in Main Battle Tanks / Fighter Aircrafts / Attack Helicopters, they will leave the worrying for the generation which at present waiting to join primary schools.
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Col Sondhi (gaon)
DRDO please speed up your developmental work. Work overnight, if you have to but bring up India's defence preparedness on parity with China. You owe this to the country.
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China unfortunately is too ahead than India in terms of defenses.. & we are very much busy in handling 2G, CWG scams..
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Pratul Birla (Kolkata)
Trying to catch up with Pakistan which is a bankrupt country ? This is most unbelievable . Has all the money vanished in scams ?
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Ali (Islamabad) 8 hrs ago
India is competing with China and Pakistan, but yet all these idiots leaving comments on TOI are claiming that there is no match between Pakistan and Inida, if so then why India is matching with Pakistan????????????????
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Delhi Wala ( delhi) 8 hrs ago
Even a beggar Pakistan steals march over India! This shows how pathetic our leaders are that we can't compete with a beggar.
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Rugved M (London, UK) 12 hrs ago
This is a piece of good news and bad news as well. Good news: We will have the air ability to counter China's and Pakistan's threat. Bad news: Why was the government in such a deep slumber till now? This decision should have been taken ages ago.
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shailesh singh (Delhi)
Good news is that now we started to stand on our foot in defense sector.. bad news is that now we have to compete with pakistan..which was far behind us...
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Hopefully this does not become another 20 year long project, like almost all the defense projects undertaken by India.
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Do we want to buy poor quality Chinease item? Only Paki can do...
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sk (IND) 6 hrs ago
I don't have enough faith on DRDO. They have to be more professional and hardworking.
fc india (chennai) 10 hrs ago
Pak already hs 4 ..& india still thnkng to buy it..
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X (X) 6 hrs ago
Hindus donot send their only 1 child to armie. It is only muslims who send 1 among their children to defensee.. Only they would protect the borders in future.. good going.. message to all haters here..
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Brown American (USA)
China has its own production with technology imported from Israel and that is good for their morale and economy. Indian AWACS are 100% Israeli technology. That Israel agreed to share with India in exchange for Indian support for continuation of occupation of Palestine. Bad bargain! Immoral bargain. Israel has not shared an iota of technology with India, but they did with China. Most Hindu_Indians consider Zionist state as their friend. Uhm!
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Did you get it? (India) 8 hrs ago
India can only compete with Pakistan not not China because racially Chinese people are superior and inferior race country can rarely compete against a superior race country. Its not only about defence systems. Look at everything else and it'll be clear what I wanna say. Against China Indians can only show-off but there is no actual content.
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I don't think Injians need to worry about this development. Injia should forge ahead and start building more roads, toilets and rest rooms. May be more AWACS might help to see 800 million Inians defecating outside in the morning.
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It is going to be the beginning of new INDIA.
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Dr. L.K. Laxminathan (Chennai /) 13 hrs ago
Tiny Pakistan is not a free land. China is way backward they have no genuine AWACS, nuclear submarines or even an aircraft carrier which functions. Chinese F series of aircraft are old Israeli Lavi design. The art is never to be overconfident but continue to build our armed forces. For peace this is an endless process. THE GSLV-3 ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED ROCKETS ON OUR PLANET IS ABOUT READY.
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pranay (mumbai) 6 hrs ago
Better late than never. At least we can compete with other neighbours like bangladesh, nepal, bhutan,, long live DRDO..
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Rakesh (USA) 14 hrs ago
Another white elephant.. after Tejas...
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