Indian Air Force will purchase two additional Israeli Phalcon is an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) to argument its earlier order of three such aircrafts. Indian Defense Ministry is in process of drafting the  contract for the additional Phalcon AEW&C at cost of around $800 million.

Israeli Phalcon system uses an ELTA EL/M-2075 AESA L-band radar mounted on a Russian Ilyushin-76 airframe. Indian sources has confirm that Phalcon has suffered from technical problems which even forced Indian Air Force to ground the at Agra for some time.

IAF is looking for the additional AEW&C aircrafts due to the introduction of the both air & ground launched stealthy cruise missiles and new fighter attack aircrafts by the Pakistan Air Force.

India’s DRDO Center for Airborne Systems (CABS) is also developing a compact AEW&C aircraft at cost of Rs 1,800 crores ($396 million) to develop 2 operational AEW&C aircrafts along with one engineering prototype by 2011 but Indian project has suffering from delays resulting in new scheduled date of April, 2014.

Indian AEW&C will be able to detect at range of 250 to 375 km with a 240-degree coverage.  Its normal endurance will be 5 hours which can be extended to 10 hours with midair-refueling.

Pakistan Air Force already received four Saab-2000 Erieye AEW&C aircrafts along with one ZDK-03 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft Karakoram Eagle. A total of four ZDK-03 AEW&C Karakoram Eagles aircrafts were ordered to meet the Pakistani requirements of early warning aircrafts.


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