Indian Air Force to induct indigenously developed AEW&C aircraft during Aero India 2017

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to induct the first indigenously developed Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft at Aero India 2017, which kicks off on February 14th at the Yelahanka Air Force Station near Bangalore.


The indigenous AEW&C system has been developed by DRDO’s Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) based in Bangalore and integrated on the Brazilian Embraer ERJ-145 platform.

The hitherto unnamed indigenous AEW&C system consists of multiple antenna arrays mounted on top of the fuselage of the ERJ-145 and provides a 240 degree radar coverage. In addition to this, there are multiple sensors and cameras installed throughout the aircraft fuselage.  The primary radar is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) unit with Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capabilities.


The system has been designed to detect and identify threats to IAF fighters and other assets both from the air and from the ground, and act as a flying command and control post to support IAF missions. The aircraft uses secure data links to communicate with IAF aircraft, satellites and ground based stations. It is equipped with a comprehensive self defence suite, to protect itself from threats while on a mission. The AEW&C aircraft also has mid-air refuelling capability, which allows extended operations and loiter time.


The project began back in 2003, when the IAF & DRDO carried out a joint feasibility study for development of an AEW&C system. After receiving government approvals, the responsibility for design and development of the system was assigned to DRDO’s CABS. The program was originally supposed to deliver three AEW&C aircraft to the IAF by 2013, but this has been delayed by four years, with the first aircraft to be delivered next week. The aircraft has been displayed during the past two Aero India shows starting 2013.

The IAF AEW&C aircraft will complement the more capable and larger Phalcon AWACS systems based on the Ilyushin IL-76 platform that are already in service.






Flying displays at Aero India 2015

Aero India 2015 starts from February 18, 2015. This time, there are a total of five aerial display teams performing at the biennial air show.

  • Indian Air Force Sarang Team
  • Flying Bulls
  • Breitling Wing Walkers
  • The Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team
  • Scandinavian Air Show

In addition to this, there will be aerial displays by fighter aircraft and helicopters. The confirmed displays this year are:

  • Dassault Rafale
  • HAL Light Combat Helicopter
  • HAL Rudra
  • HAL Tejas
  • Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI
  • US Air Force F-16
  • US Air Force C-17 Globemaster
  • US Navy P-8 Poseidon

The DRDO Embraer AEW&C aircraft is also likely to take part in the aerial display.

All in all, it looks like an action packed edition of Aero India!

Aero India 2015 is here!




Aero India 2015 – the biggest air show in India is scheduled to be held at the Yelahanka Air Force Station outside Bangalore between February 18th & 22nd, 2015.

The five day event is expected to feature the Dassault Rafale & Flying Bulls Aerobatic team along with the regular participants from the Indian Air Force.

Let’s wait and see if there are any other surprise appearances at the show!