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DRDO To Develop Indigenous AWACS
India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has proposed to develop an indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS), described as an 'eye-in-the-sky' force multiplier that can keep a watch on enemy military activity, aircraft getting airborne or missile being fired. Defence Minister AK Antony informed the Indian Parliament on the DRDO proposal to begin work on the project called AWACS (India). "The project proposal for indigenous development of AWACS (India) has been submitted by the DRDO for government approval," Antony said in a written reply to a question from members of the Council of States.
Boeing Delivers First P8I To Indian Navy
US aerospace major Boeing has delivered the first of the eight P8I naval reconnaissance aircraft to the Indian Navy for which the contract was signed in January 2009 for $2.1 billion. It will be based at the Indian Navy's INS Rajali Air Station at Arakkonam near Chennai in Tamil Nadu by early 2013. The P8I will enhance the Indian Navy's strategic reach capabilities, enabling it to cover the entire Indian Ocean region. It will also sharpen its long-range maritime surveillance and airborne anti-warship capabilities.
DAC Approves 22 Cheetal Choppers For Army
With the armed forces marred by long delays in replacing the vintage Cheetah/ Chetak choppers, Defence Ministry has approved a proposal to procure around 22 Cheetal helicopters for Army. The Army is planning to deploy these choppers for supporting its high altitude operations in Ladakh and Siachen. A meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the apex Ministry body headed by Defence Minister A K Antony to decide on procurements, cleared the proposal to procure around 22 Cheetal choppers for Army, Defence Ministry officials said.
1/4th Hawk Grounded Due To Lack of Spares
A total of 16 Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft were grounded owing to the paucity of spares, Defence Minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha. “A total of 16 Hawks are AOG (aircraft on ground) as on date for want of spares (rotables). Affected spares have been dispatched to vendors (HAL and BAE) for repair,” Antony said. In 2004, India had entered into a contract with UK-based BAE Systems for 66 Hawks. The rest of 42 Hawks are being manufactured under licence from BAE by the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in Bangalore.
Army, IAF Aerial Battle over Apaches
Against the backdrop of Army’s plans to seek transfer of attack helicopters from the IAF, Air Force Chief N A K Browne on Sunday said the soon-to-be-procured Apache choppers from the US would remain with it as it was an ongoing acquisition. “The Apaches are going to be with us only as it is an ongoing acquisition process,” Air Chief Marshal Browne said on the sidelines of a 1971 war anniversary function. When asked to clarify whether the Apaches were being procured from the US would be with the IAF or the Army. Browne said the Apaches are not just for taking out enemy tanks or for air-to-ground operations but they can be used for multiple tasks such as taking out enemy radar stations and for air-to-air missions.
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