India’s Eyes In The Sky: DRDO Hands Over Second Netra AEW&CS System To Indian Air ForceNetra AEW&C aircraft of the Indian Air Force (Defence Spokesperson/Twitter)

In a boost to India’s air borne surveillance capability, the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over the second Netra Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) system to the Indian Air Force (IAF), ET reports.

The system consisting of an indigenously developed AESA radar mounted on an Embraer 145 aircraft was handed over to the Western Air Command Chief at the Bhatinda air base.

The new aircraft will help India address its capability asymmetry with China and Pakistan in this crucial area of modern warfare. The Netra system had earlier helped India plan and execute the Balakot airstrikes deep within Pakistani territory.

The system will also help complement the three Israeli Falcon AEWACS systems in the IAF fleet, with reports of Indian plans to induct 2 more AWACS systems doing the rounds. By some estimates, India needs at least 20 of such surveillance systems to develop adequate defensive and offensive capability as the IAF guards the Eastern and Western fronts.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement