India is likely to place an order for six Airbus A330 aircraft worth 20,000 crore ($3 billion) as a platform to mount indigenously-built Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS).
“Presently, our estimate is for the first two AEW&Cs will be about 9200 crores (USD 1.3 billion) followed by four numbers will be about similar number. So on an average, the production cost of an AEW&Cs will be about 2.6-2.7 thousand crores (USD 404 million),” S. Christopher, Chairman, DRDO said during a press conference on Aero-India international seminar-2017 Saturday.
“We are in the process of clearance from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) this month, negotiations are over, and CCS will have a final approval for Airbus aircraft. With that we shall be able to proceed,” he said.
“We are hopeful that within six months we will get the clearances and the first aircraft will be ready for handing over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in less than 84 months after signing the contract.”
“The present one developed on Embraer-145 aircraft has 240 degree surveillance and a coverage area of 240 km but when mounted on Airbus it will have 360 degree surveillance with a coverage area of 300 km. Smaller AEW&Cs (Embraer) can be exported to other countries and can develop it exclusively for somebody,” he said.
This Indian spy-in-the-sky will be protected by a comprehensive self-defense system. The plane can act as a command-and-control center to support air defense operations like the AWACS aircraft India got from Israel, and can monitor multiple target aircraft and areas.
India and Russia have entered final negotiations for the purchase of 48 Mi-17 helicopters following the conclusion of pre-contractual work earlier this year. The contract is estimated to be worth between US$700 million to $800 million, though officially there is no word on the pricing
Russian Helicopters is developing a ‘single-window system for after-sales services. A pilot project is currently being implemented in India
The current edition of Aero India exhibition is witnessing a shift of priorities from buying to selling, marking an aggressive entry of Indian defence products in the global arena. Indian-made military products such as LCA Tejas, DRDO-made AEW&Cs, Astra missile, Pinaka Mk1 and Mk2 rockets, Rustom 1 & 2 UAV, warships and the Brahmos missile are getting prominence in talks with foreign delegations with an invisible “for sale” tag attached to them
Indian Larsen and Toubro and European MBDA have entered in a joint venture for the development of fifth generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) in India. L&T will own 51%in the JV;L&T MBDA Missile Systems
Indias SIKA and Uks Aerotek Aviation have launched joint venture, Aerotek Sika Aviation Engineering, to provide manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Landing Gear, Hydraulic line replaceable units (LRUs) and Actuators for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Launched under a Make in India initiative, the Aerotek Sika facility is capable of handling all types of Landing Gear manufacturing and MRO for helicopters and aircraft, from trainer aircraft and UAVs up to the size of narrow body aircraft, both the companies announced jointly today
Airbus has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for an additional three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014, the company said in a statement Thursday
Boeing has been awarded a $60,903,323 contract for the mission computing upgrade installation and checkout of four Japanese E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft and associated ground systems. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be complete by Dec
Embraer Defense & Security, together with its partner, Sierra Nevada (SNC), has been invited to participate in the US Air Forces (USAF) Capability Assessment of Non-Developmental Light Attack Platforms, known as OA-X. SNC and Embraer will take part in the experiment with the A-29 Super Tucano, which is the only light air support (LAS) aircraft in the world with a USAF Military Type Certificate, Embraer announced Friday
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