Aero India 2017: IAF to get first Prying Plane on Feb 14
Bengaluru: The first Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system aka Prying Plane will be handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on February 14, the first day of Aero India 2017, at Air Force Station, Yelahanka.
Addressing the media on Saturday, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman Dr S Christopher said the second platform would be inducted by April this year.
DRDO has already spent Rs 2,400 crore on the programme, which was sanctioned in October 2004. Built on Embraer EMB-145, the AEW&C System project is being executed by DRDO lab Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS).
The aircraft was extensively modified to accommodate the mission system being developed indigenously by various DRDO labs. This included: structural, mechanical interfaces, electrical power and interfaces, cooling to name a few. All the modifications were based on an agreed upon interface requirements.
DRDO official say all the three aircraft will be similar and the IAF has no plans to add more platforms of similar kind.
“However, there are enquiries from other countries. In case any of these materialise, then we may procure have additional platforms,” an official told Mathrubhumi.
Dr Christopher said the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had cleared a proposal for two AWACS to be built on an Airbus A-330.
“The project cost is around Rs 9,000 and the total demand is for eight such aircraft. We hope to have the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) clearance soon and the project has been given 84 months for completion,” he added.
DROD says a full-fledged maintenance and support philosophy has been put in place for the AEW&C squadron.
“This includes training of a selected agency on all aspects of mission system maintenance and servicing,” says an official.