The Indian Air force (IAF) will receive its first initial operational capability (IOC) version of the airborne early warning and control system (AEW&C) during the upcoming Aero India show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.

The AEW&C was domestically developed by Defense Research Development Organisation (DRDO).

This airborne surveillance system was developed by equipping Embraer's Emb-145 aircraft with active electronically scanned radar, secondary surveillance radar, electronic and communication counter measures, Line of Sight (LOS) and beyond LOS data link, voice communication system and self protection suite.

DRDO chairman S. Chirstopher was quoted by as saying: “Presently, our estimate is for the first two AEW&Cs will be about $1.3bn followed by four numbers will be about similar number.

“So on an average, the production cost of an AEW&Cs will be about $404m.”

"The production cost of an AEW&Cs will be about $404m."

A tactical software has been developed to collect information from the sensors, to provide the air situation picture along with intelligence to handle identification / classification threat assessment.

The aircraft's battle management functions have been designed to work as a network centric system of Integrated Air Command & Control System (IACCS) node.

Accepted by the IAF for induction, the AEW&C system has undergone all weather and environmental trials, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The 11th edition of Aero India show will begin on 14 February and continue through to 18 February.

Image: DRDO AEW&C. Photo: courtesy of Pritishp333.