The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is going to develop six new Airborne Early Warning and Control Planes. This will increase the strength of the Air Force and increase its capabilities to monitor the borders of China and Pakistan.
According to government sources, DRDO will develop these aircraft under a project of Rs 10,500 crore. All these six aircraft will be taken from Air India and will be modified so that they can fly with radar and provide 360 degree surveillance capability to the security forces.
Sources said that these new aircraft will be of higher capacity than their predecessor Netra (NETRA) aircraft and will be able to provide better information about the movements in enemy areas during various missions. Sources expressed the hope that the government will soon allow the project.
However, sources also said that this project to convert Air India’s pre-existing aircraft into surveillance aircraft could also mean that India would postpone the purchase of six Airbus 330 transport aircraft, which it will be offering to European aircraft next year Is planning to buy from the company.