The Indian Air Force (IAF) is considering inducting ten airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) aircraft to strengthen the country’s air defence.

The IAF will place fresh orders for two additional Phalcon AWACS in addition to the three already procured, according to the Press Trust of India.

India inducted its first AWACS in Delhi earlier this year, the second in June, and the third is expected to be inducted by the end of the year.

The air force uses the AWACS to detect and track troop build-ups or aircraft movements in border areas and enemy territories.

The AWACS can detect incoming cruise missiles and aircraft in a 400km range in all-weather conditions and direct air defence fighters during combat operations against enemy planes.