Ready-to-be-inducted AEW&C System to debut at R-Day Parade
New Delhi: The Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C) developed by the Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), a Bengaluru-based DRDO lab, will debut during the Republic Day Parade 2017 fly-past.
Ready to be indicted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) soon, the ‘Eye in the Sky’ system, will be a force multiplier to IAF’s network-centric warfare (NCW) capabilities.
“It will be a great day for all us here at CABS. With the system all set to be inducted into the IAF soon, we are delighted that it will be flying for the first time at R-Day Parade,” a senior CABS scientist told Mathrubhumi.
The AEW&C system consists of multiple sensors for surveillance and signal intelligence. It helps in air defence operations and is capable of communicating using VHF, UHF, C-Band and SATCOM links for NCW operations.
“Induction of AEW&C into services will make the country self-reliant and position India in top five countries having this capability,” says DRDO.
In addition to AEW&C, as first reported in these columns, Tejas too will make its debut at the R-Day Parade this time. A formation of three Tejas platforms being operated by IAF will likely be the cynosure of all eyes this time.
DRDO is also exhibiting the 155 mm/52 Calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) and Arudhra, the medium power radar.
Upgraded Pinaka test-fired again
In a related development to DRDO, the guided Pinaka Rocket Mark-II was successfully test-fired from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur on Tuesday.
The rocket with an enhanced range is equipped with navigation, guidance and control kit, in its guided avatar.
DRDO says the conversion has facilitated to enhance the range and improve the accuracy of Pinaka.
“The mission met all the objectives. The radars, electro optical and telemetry systems at ITR Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. The guided Pinaka is developed by ARDE Pune, RCI and DRDL, Hyderabad,” says DRDO.