SunstarTV Bureau: In a revelation to nation’s defence industry, Air India is going to make six new Airborne Early Warning and Control planes to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The Air India is aiming to further improve Air Force’s surveillance capabilities along borders with China and Pakistan.
According to government sources, as per the discussions on the AEW&C Block 2 aircraft would be acquired from the Air India fleet and modified to fly with a radar that will give 360-degree surveillance capability to the defence forces.
“The six AEW&C block two planes would be highly capable than their predecessor NETRA plane and provide 360-degree coverage deep inside the enemy territory during missions. The government is expected to clear the project soon,” told government sources.
The project to build the AEW&C system on existing aircraft from the Air India may hamper the six Airbus 330 transport aircraft planned to be acquired from the European firm.