In an offer to the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has offered to equip an Airbus C-295 with the upgraded Netra Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system, reports Defence World.
On 26 February, during the air raids on Balakot, the IAF used Netra AEW&C for the first time ever in a combat. Its role was well recognised in the aftermath analyses of the attacks.
The tactical air lifter, C-295 will be manufactured in India through a joint venture of Tata and Airbus. Airbus C295 Netra on offer to IAF will have same two radiating planar arrays assembled back-to-back and mounted on top of the fuselage in an active antenna array unit (AAAU) that will provide 240° coverage with improved capabilities, Idrw.org reported.
Airbus also has an Airborne Early Warning version of C-295 which has a static radar dome to provide a 360 Degrees coverage which DRDO is also ready to offer as a by-product of AWACS INDIA if IAF wants in the package.
DRDO also plans to offer an Airbus C-295 variant for Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare missions to Indian Navy.
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