AEW&C to be handed over to IAF at Aero India

Bengaluru, Feb 11 (IANS) The first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) will be handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on February 14 during the Aero India 2017 here, DRDO Chairman S. Christopher said on Saturday.

He made the announcement during the curtain raiser on DRDO’s participation in Aero India 2017 here.

“The Airborne Surveillance System is a game changer in air warfare,” an official statement said.

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, built on an Emb-145 platform, having an air to air refueling 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.

It has battle management functions, 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 Indian Air Force.

“The AEW&C system has undergone all weather and environmental trials and has been accepted by the IAF for induction,” the statement added.