India approves purchase of two Phalcon Warning System form Israel

The Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has reportedly approved the purchase of two more Phalcon Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) in defence sales, totalling approximately $3bn, from Israel.

Under the terms of the tripartite agreement with Israel and Russia, the Israeli-made Phalcon radars will be mounted on Russian IL-76 aircraft, reported The Hindu.

The agreement also covers provision for 164 Litening-4 laser-designation pods, 250 advanced Spice 2000 precision stand-off bombs, Sukhoi Su-30MKI and Jaguar combat aircraft, as well as 321 Spike anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems, according to Business Standard.

Additionally, the deal includes four more aerostat radars and a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MR-SAM) that would replace its aging, Russian-made systems.

The AWACS can simultaneously track flying objects within a radius of 800km and has a 'look-down capability' for monitoring movements on the ground or in the sea.

In 2003, India signed a similar agreement with Israel to procure three Phalcon AWACS for $1bn which were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF)

Currently, the IAF use the AWACS to detect and track troop build-ups or aircraft movements in border areas and enemy territories.

Designed to detect incoming hostile cruise missiles and aircraft in a 400km range, the AWACS additionally direct air defence fighters during combat operations against enemy planes.