Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on 1 March 2016 cleared the proposal to acquire two more Phalcon Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS). These surveillance aircraft will be bought at an expense of 7500 crore rupees under a tripartite agreement with Israel and Russia.
The decision to this effect was taken ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel later in 2016. His visit to Israel will be the first by an Indian Prime Minister.
AWACS are advanced radars mounted on an aircraft to give 360 degree coverage to detect incoming aircraft and missiles at long ranges. It can help monitor the military build-up, troop and aircraft movements nearly 200 km while flying.
India had procured three Phalcon AWACS, Israeli radars mounted on Russian IL-76 transport aircraft, in 2003 at cost of 1 billion dollars. These AWACS were inducted in Indian Air Force in January 2009.
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When: 1 March 2016