The government is in the final stages of approving the acquisition of two Falcon Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) for the Indian Air Force from Israel at a cost of approximately US $ 1 billion.
The latest talks with Israeli officials concerned with the purchase of two Falcon AWACS comes in the midst of India’s bitter stance with China in high-altitude eastern Ladakh.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) already has three Falcon AWACS and two more are expected to significantly boost the country’s air defense system.
The news agency Press Trust of India quoted a source as saying, “The approval process for two more Falcon AWACSs is nearing the final stage,” adding that the proposal was discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet of Security Committee (CCS) Is expected to be.
The AWACS is mounted on Illyushin-76 transport aircraft of Russian origin and is called the “eye in the sky” due to its superior monitoring capabilities.
The Falcon AWACS is capable of cross-border movement of enemy aircraft, hostile missiles, cross-border troops.
In addition to the Israeli AWACS, the IAF currently operates two indigenously developed aerial early warning and control (AEW & C) systems developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
India is making concerted efforts to boost its air defense system.
In October 2018, India signed a $ 5 billion agreement with Russia to purchase five units of the S-400 air defense missile system, despite the Trump administration’s warning that the contract would go ahead with US sanctions. Can invite
Last year, India paid Russia the first tranche of nearly US $ 800 million for missile systems.
India is also integrating BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles into more than 40 Sukhoi fighter jets under a closely guarded project.
State-run aerospace Beimeth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL), an Indo-Russian joint venture, are implementing the project.