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    Indian Air Force (IAF) officers and crew of the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aeroplane pose for the media during the induction ceremony of the first AWACS equipped IL-76 aircraft at Air Foce station in New Delhi

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    However, Indian system is inferior in comparison to Israeli system as it can monitor only 270 degrees while IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft-mounted AWACS system can carry out 360 degree surveillance at a time.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) Indian Air Force has received indigenous Airborne Warning and Control (AEW&C) Systems mounted on Brazilian planes developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on Tuesday. So far only United States, Russia and Israel possess AEW&C technology. Sources told Sputnik that aircraft will be based at Indian Air Force base near Pakistan border.  At present Indian security services keep a vigil over its skies with a unique India-Russia-Israel partnership for Airborne Warning and Control (AEW&C) Systems.

    RM Sh Manohar Parrikar hands over first indigenous AEW&C in IOC configuration to Indian Air Force at #AeroIndia2017 pic.twitter.com/UhKUENCl8j

    ​“Our western adversary Pakistan has a Swedish design plane. This system of ours is exactly like that and its elevation scan is advantageous. It has air to air refueling which Pakistan does not have. It has many more features and yet it costs only half the price of the Pakistan plane does and I am including the cost of production and development,” Director General of DRDO, Dr S Christopher said.

    ​DRDO promised better coverage with longer range in next upgraded version of the system. “There are many areas we need to work in when it comes to Electronic Warfare like handling multiple frequencies. We also need to miniaturize our system and make it agile,” said Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Defense Minister.

    $359 million project has been developed with complex tactical software for fusion of information from the sensors, to provide the air situation picture along with intelligence to handle identification/classification threat assessment. Battle management functions are built in house to work as a network centric system of Integrated Air Command & Control System (IACCS) node.

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