Thursday, 23 August 2012

The "indigenous" Airborne Warning & Control System (AEW&C) lands on Indian soil





The DRDO press release is as follows:


INDIA’S FIRST AEW&C AIRCRAFT MODIFIED AND FITTED WITH DRDO’S INDIGENOUS SYSTEMS LANDS ON INDIAN SOIL
New Delhi: Bhadrapada 02, 1934
August 24, 2012
First fully modified aircraft for indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems landed on Indian soil at Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), Bangalore, (a DRDO laboratory) at HAL airport yesterday.  Aircraft was received by enthusiastic crowd from CABS, its work centers, Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) and IAF members. The aircraft and the flight crew was received by Dr Christopher, Program Director and Dr K Tamil Mani, Chief Executive, CEMILAC.  The aircraft and its crew from Indian Air Force and M/s Embraer were given a hearty welcome with water cannon.
The acceptance of the Aircraft was completed over a period of 15 days at Embraer Facilities in Brazil, by a team from CABS, its work centres, CEMILAC, DGAQA & IAF.
The Aircraft was flagged off from M/s Embraer, Brazil on 17 Aug 2012 by Shri G Elangovan, Chief Controller R&D, Dr S Christopher, Programme Director, Mr K Tamil Mani, Chief Executive, CEMILAC and team members and was flown across multiple continents to arrive in India. The Aircraft ferried with several mission system external components of DRDO including the Active Electronically scanned Array Antenna with passive electronics fitted on the Aircraft.
The arrival of this Aircraft marks the beginning of another phase of journey leading to the next major milestone of integration of the DRDO developed mission system, which will be followed by development flight trials in India beginning of 2013.
It may be noted that this is the first Aircraft delivered by M/s Embraer for which the contract was signed in 2008. The next Aircraft is expected to arrive in December 2012.

8 comments:

DJ said...

Not much indigenous as you know already. Sounds like DODO is going to hire foreign corp to 'help' install all the gadgets in this Brazilian plane.

Anonymous said...

This is great, except they could have spared those water canons, especially because parts of the country are facing severe water shortage. Over-all, still great news and happy to see those pictures.

Anonymous said...

DJ @ 23.08.2012
Its usual and in fact the only way,to ask the original manufacturer of the Aircraft for such modifications.
The Swedish Eriye also has an option of being mounted on the same EMB platform.

DRDO has done great work on the radar and may this evolve into a diverse and effective system.

Indian said...

Until Handed over to IAF,These planes/platforms require TOP SECURITY FACILITY....ANY BODY REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED WITH EARLIER INDIGENOUS HS-748 BASED AE&W AIRCRAFT ? THAT WAS SABOTAGED ALONG WITH ALL TOP SCIENTISTS ONBOARD..AND PROGRAMME WAS STOPPED/CANCELLED.

HAL airport is usually guarded with CISF..They are just an INCAPABLE force to handle/protect this kind of STRATEGIC HIGH VALUE platforms...need special Security Audit & accordingly Role Based Access and surveillance by Automatic Electronic Systems along with Human force.

Mr. RA said...

Welcome! Hope the local fittings and tests will go properly and timely.

Anonymous said...

Hello colonel, while I'm usualy a fan of your work (excepting of course your fixation with the F35), I'm a little puzzled by your implied sarcasm in quoting the word 'indigenous' in your headline. It was never DRDO's task to build the plane, but only the AESA radar and associated fixtures. They never claimed any indigenous content in the plane either so I am at a loss to understand the meaning of the quotes.

Anonymous said...

All Israeli air-borne radar platforms are on aircraft of non-Israeli origin.Why do we still expect that 'indigenous' means every nut,bolt,structure.system,sub-system and platforms has to be built domestically.Even the most advanced manufacturers in the world use several sub-systems procured from diverse sources.Cost effectiveness is key today and that cannot be done by trying to build everything under one roof or organisation.

Govardhan Avvaru said...

That's a great achievement
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