13 December 2016
Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) 8.10.2012
Airborne Warning & Control System. The long cherished dream of the Indian Air Force (IAF) of having a radar system in the sky came into reality with the induction of the first Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft on 28th May, 2009, as a result of a tripartite agreement between India, Russia and Israel. With the induction of AWACS, India joined an elite group of nations with a radar system capable of tactical surveillance of airborne and surface targets simultaneously.
The IL–76 based AWACS has not only enhanced the electronic footprint of the IAF much beyond that of ground based sensors, but will also boost the network centric warfare operations. The AWACS provides all weather airborne early warning, air battle management and command and control functions for tactical and strategic operations.