India is eyeing to purchase 2 Phalcon airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) in a deal that is valued at $800 million (INR 5,600 crore) from Israel.
The AWACS will be mounted on Russian Ilyushin-76 heavy-lift aircraft. The deal has been cleared by the defence ministry and the finance ministry is now considering it, Times of India reported Thursday.
“The Cabinet Committee on Security will have to give the final nod,” a source revealed.
The Indian Air Force had inducted the first three Phalcon AWACS between 2009-2011 under a $1.1 billion deal inked by India, Israel and Russia in 2004.
"The finance ministry objected to the high costs involved in the new deal for two more AWACS which was proposed. The costs have now been brought down through extensive negotiations," the report quoted sources as saying.
Considered potent “eyes in the sky”, AWACS can detect and track incoming fighters, cruise missiles and drones much before ground-based radars as well as direct friendly fighters during air combat with enemy jets.
India has three Phalcon AWACS and two indigenous “Netra” mini-AWACS in its roster in comparison to neighboring China has around 30 such systems; including Kong Jing-2000 “Mainring”, KJ-200 “Moth” and KJ-500 aircraft. Pakistan has eight Chinese-made Karakoram Eagle ZDK-03 AWACS and Swedish Saab-2000 AEW&C, and is on course to get more from China.
A Jaguar fighter jet belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) has crashed in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Monday. The pilot has managed to eject safely, ANI reported
India is looking to purchase 15 HAROP anti-radiation drones from Israel. The Air Force already has an inventory of these drones equipped with electro-optical sensors to loiter over high-value military targets, such as surveillance bases and radar stations before exploding them, ANI reported
India successfully conducted the maiden test of New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (NGARM) from the Sukhoi-30 MKI, the main fighter jet of the Indian Air Force off Odisha coast last week. The indigenously developed air-to-surface missile is capable of destroying the enemy radars, tracking system and communication facilities
India has completed testing the Barak Long Range Surface To Air missile system from destroyer INS Chennai on Thursday. "Ship launched Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) has been successfully test fired from INS Chennai against an incoming aerial target flying at low altitude, today," the defence ministry said Thursday
Indias Defense Research and Development Organisation has made an offer to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to equip Airbus C-295 aircraft with upgraded Netra airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system. On
India today deployed an indigenously-made Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEWACS) mounted on an Embraer aircraft in the aerial strike against terror group based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir making it the first time such a system has been used in combat by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF on Tuesday carried out pre-dawn air strikes on terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti, across the Line of Control (the unofficial border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir region) using 12 Dassault Mirage 2000 single-engine multirole fighter jets guided by Heron UAVs and an Embraer EMB-145 AWACS aircraft, various media reported
Israeli firm Rafael has demonstrated the Spike Non-line- of-sight (NLOS) missile from a lightweight launch system. The tests were conducted at Rafael's Shedma test site in the Negev
India has inducted its first Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter to its air force fleet on Friday. The helicopter was handed over to the country during the ‘India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony held in Philadelphia, WION reported
India has given a nod to procure 2 Russian-made Talwar-class frigates equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles in a contract valued at $950 million. The country had approved the purchase of four frigates from Russia for $2 billion in October
Indian Navy’s MiG-29K Suffers Engine Fire, Crashes
Russia’s Upgraded MiG-31BM jets to Enter Service by Year-end
Rolls-Royce Wins USAF’s T-56 Aircraft Engines Upgrade Contract
Bechtel Bags US Navy's $1.4Bn Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components Contract
Bangladesh to Buy Fighter Jets, Apache Gunships & Missile Systems from US
India's Tejas Mk2 in Final Trials
Russia Seeks Customers for 6 Upgraded, Former Indian Air Force Su-30 Fighters
Italian Arms Exports to Pakistan Jump four-folds in 1 year
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...