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India to build ‘eyes in the sky’ to match Pakistan, China

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    India to build ‘eyes in the sky’ to match Pakistan, China
    Published March 30, 2015


    The Indian government on Saturday cleared the DRDO project to build advanced “eyes in the sky” or next-generation AWACS (airborne warning and control systems), which can detect incoming aerial threats like hostile fighters, drones and cruise missiles from 400-km away.

    The Manohar Parrikar-led defence acquisitions council (DAC) approved the building of two Awacs, which will involve mounting indigenous 360-degree coverage AESA (active electronically scanned array) radars on Airbus A-330 wide-body jets, at a cost of Rs 5,113 crore.

    The eventual plan is to induct eight such aircraft under the “Awacs-India” project since both China and Pakistan are well ahead of India in this critical area in modern-day warfare, Times of India said on Sunday.

    “It will take at least 5-7 years to build the first two Awacs . Six more Awacs will be ordered when the project is mid-way,” said a source. The decision, incidentally, comes ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to France and Germany, which primarily house the European Airbus consortium, in early-April.

    The DAC also approved the Army’s Rs 1,605 crore acquisition of 30 weapon-locating radars from defence PSU Bharat Electronics and the Rs 710 crore order for 1,512 mine-ploughs for the T-90S main-battle tanks from Bharat Earth Movers Ltd.

    But the controversial Ravi Rishi-owned Vectra Group, which acted as the go-between in the supply of all-terrain heavy Tatra trucks to India, was “dropped” from the list of five vendors in contention to supply 220 truck-mounted lifting devices (TMLD) for Rs 24 crore.
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