DRDO to develop new early warning jets for IAF under ₹11,000 crore project | Latest News India

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday cleared a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) proposal to develop new airborne early warning and management (AEW&C) plane for the Indian Air Force utilizing Airbus jets purchased from Air India, individuals accustomed to the developments stated on Thursday.

The project is estimated to be price round 11,000 crore, stated one of many officers cited above. It was cleared together with the much-delayed buy of 56 C-295 medium transport plane to substitute the IAF’s ageing fleet of Avro-748 planes. The C-295 project is estimated to be price 22,000 crore.

The IAF inducted its first indigenously developed AEW&C system, mounted on a Brazilian Embraer-145 jet, in February 2017, beefing up its functionality to detect enemy plane and missiles. The Netra AEW&C system was developed by the DRDO and has a spread of round 200 km.

The new AEW&C system, most probably to be mounted on the Airbus A321 plane, is predicted to be extra superior than the Netra system, the official stated. Currently, two Netra programs are in service.

The IAF additionally operates three Israeli Phalcon airborne warning and management system (AWACS) mounted on Russian IL-76 heavy-lift planes. The system has a spread of 400 km. The IAF wants extra such programs to cover the jap and western sectors throughout offensive operations, specialists have stated.

The approval for the new AEW&C jets comes at a time when authorities has sharpened its deal with selling self-reliance within the defence manufacturing sector and positioning itself as an exporter of army {hardware}.

Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) will collectively execute the C-295 project to equip the air pressure with the new transport plane under the Make-in-India initiative within the aerospace sector. Airbus will provide the primary 16 plane in flyaway situation whereas the remaining 40 shall be assembled in India by TASL.

In the final one year, the federal government has imposed a ban on the import of 209 defence gadgets that shall be carried out progressively from 2021 to 2025. AEW&C programs are lined under that ban.

From elevating international direct funding (FDI) in defence manufacturing to making a separate funds for shopping for domestically made army {hardware} and notifying two lists of weapons/tools that can’t be imported, the federal government has taken a raft of measures to enhance self-reliance within the defence sector during the last two years.

Other than AEW&C programs, the 209 weapons and programs that can’t be imported embody artillery weapons, missile destroyers, ship-borne cruise missiles, gentle fight plane, long-range land assault cruise missiles, fundamental coach plane, specified kinds of helicopters and next-generation corvettes.

India has put aside 70,221 crore this year for home defence procurement, accounting for 63% of the army’s capital funds. Last year, the ministry spent over 51,000 crore, or 58% of the capital funds, on home purchases.

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