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DRDO is set to deliver its first AEW&C to IAF in 6 months, The system developed by Centre for Airborne System (CABS) would help IAF detect and track enemies aircraft intrusion. The system was tested by CABS and the result was higly encouraging. It will be formally handed over to IAF in Dec.

DRDO is set to deliver its first AEW&C to IAF in 6 months, According to Avinash Chander (Chief of DRDO).

He said the system developed by Centre for Airborne System (CABS) would help IAF detect and track enemies aircraft intrusion. The system was tested by CABS and the result was higly encouraging. It will be formally handed over to IAF in Dec.

Mr Chander said, DRDO chalked out the plan to involve industries in the research and development ventures to develop sub-system, devices and components. Some of the important spin-off technologies were related to automobile engineering, Lubricant and paint, agro-food, pharmaceutical and bio-medical instruments. It geared up its research in Nano-Technology, Information Technology and Bio-Technology with a particular reference to application for the defence research and development.

Developed and built using the native technology platform, EMB-145.

The modified aircraft has additional power unit to power onboard mission systems. It can also support the in-flight re-fuelling system for extended endurance of the mission.

Two radiating planar arrays are mounted above the fuselage of the EMB-145 to provide 240° coverage. The arrays are fixed in back-to-back arrangement in an active antenna array unit (AAAU).

The jet is modified to integrate mission systems. The cabin is also modified to house five operator work stations, four racks, additional fuselage fuel tanks and five rest crew seats.

The AAAU is designed to fit 10x2 antenna array panels, 160 Transmit Receive Multi Modules (TRMM) and all the supporting devices, including power supply units and control units. Each TRMM is made of eight compactly fused transmit receive modules to ensure high density installation of 160 TRMMs.

Mission system control (MSC) is the brain of the AEW&C system, as it incorporates all the data from sensors and other systems to control the whole system. It assesses threats using data received from the on-board sensors and other sources, and presents the Air Situation Picture (ASP).
(By: The Hindu)

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