India To Test-fly Indigenous AWACS in 2012
India will test fly, in 2012, its indigenous airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system integrated onboard a modified Embraer EMB 145, an official involved in the project said. It is being developed by the Bangalore-based Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), a laboratory that forms part of India's Defence Research and Development Organization. Under an agreement signed between India and Brazil in 2008, Embraer will modify three EMB 145s to carry Indian-made active array antennas on the fuselage. CABS director S. Christopher said, "Our mission system will be ready this year. It will be tested in this rig in 2011, followed by flight testing in 2012." The indigenous AEW&C system would detect, identify and classify threats present in the surveillance area and act as a command-and-control center to support air operations, he added.