03 Oktober 2009

Israel Prepares Second Il-76 AEW Platform for India

3 Oktober 2009
Il-76 AEW Phalcon (photo : Defencetalk)

Israel Aerospace Industries is in the process of converting its second Ilyushin Il-76 transport into an airborne early warning and control system aircraft for the Indian air force. It expects to hand over the completed platform in mid-2010.
The delivery schedule for India's third modified Il-76 has meanwhile slipped into 2011. IAI is equipping the type with AEW and electronic subsystem equipment provided by its Elta Systems subsidiary under a $1.1 billion deal previously expected to be completed late next year.

India's defence ministry is seeking proposals to bolster its air force's AEW capabilities, with a purchase of additional converted Il-76s, or smaller platforms such as a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet among possible solutions. The aircraft could also be used to perform secondary tasks such as electronic intelligence-gathering missions, say industry sources.

India's Phalcon (photo : Jetphotos)

India's first Il-76-based AEW system entered air force service in May 2009 after a delivery delay of around 18 months.

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India Seeks Strategic Posture for Air Force
2 Oktober 2009

NEW DELHI - As the Indian Air Force (IAF) turns 77 this year, it aims to become an emerging strategic force.

Addressing an Oct. 1 news conference here, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik, the IAF chief, said, "We are acquiring capabilities and modernizing the existing assets to deal [effectively] with any conflict scenario."

The IAF will never be an adversary force, Naik said, adding that "our priority is to meet the country's aspirations. India has spheres of influence from the Strait of Malacca to the Strait of Hormuz, and the IAF should have greater reach and air superiority."

The IAF today is improving its reach, firepower and protection, he said, adding that priorities are to have long-range aircraft, lethal weapons, precision munitions and a robust air defense network.

The IAF this year inducted one AWACS aircraft, and two more will come on line in 2010. In addition, the IAF is acquiring three midair refuelers, six C-130 transport aircraft, 80 medium-lift helicopters, Spyder air defense systems, medium power radars and low-level transportable radar.

India also has entered into an agreement with Russia for the joint development of fifth-generation fighter aircraft and for production of medium transport aircraft.
"We are also building capabilities in satellites, communications, radars and electronic countermeasures," Naik added.

In addition, IAF will procure 180 basic trainer aircraft through a global bid.

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