India gets AWACS
The first Phalcon Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft is flying into India on May 18. Described as the ‘eye in the sky’, the AWACS will provide the Indian Air Force the crucial means to track incoming missiles and look deep into the neighbour’s area without violating its air space.
This aircraft was purchased at a cost of $1.1 billion (Rs 5500 Crores) and is the result of a tripartite deal between India, Russia and Israel.
India and Israel are reported to be in advanced negotiations for the purchase of three more Phalcon AWACS, which the IAF proposes to integrate with other air and ground assets.