Just 48 Hours Before Raid On Jaish Camp In Pakistan, India’s ‘Eye In Sky’ Was An Attraction At Aero IndiaNetra AEW&C aircraft of the Indian Air Force (Defence Spokesperson/Twitter)

India’s eye in the sky, the indigenously developed Netra Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF), was deployed to track the movement of Pakistani fighter jets along the border with India during the pre-dawn air strike carried out by the IAF on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan.

Equipped with a radar which has a 240-degree coverage, the system provides advance warning about hostile aerial activity beyond enemy lines.

India has only one Netra system built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The system, mounted on a Brazilian Embraer-145 jet, was inducted into the air force in 2017. According to reports earlier this month, the second one is likely to be handed over to the air force next month.

Interestingly, this early warning aircraft was in Bangalore, reportedly till Sunday, for Aero India 2019. It was one of the many aircraft, including an F-16 of the United States Air Force, participating in the air display at the show.

DRDO AEW&C, on Embraer ERJ 145 platform, at Aero India 2017. (Livefist/Twitter)
DRDO AEW&C, on Embraer ERJ 145 platform, at Aero India 2017. (Livefist/Twitter)

This suggests that the aircraft was deployed to monitor the airspace at a short notice after the air display ended at Aero India late on Sunday.

Also Read: AEW&C System Boosts IAF’s Ability To Detect Hostile Aerial Activity

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