New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony will dedicate the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) to the nation on Thursday.
The first of the three Indian Air Force (IAF) AWACS platform landed on Indian soil escorted by the venerable Mig-29 and Jaguar fighters at the IAF's Jamnagar airbase, on Monday.
The AWACS is a tripartite venture amongst India, Russia and Israel.
The IAF laid down the operational requirements in detail based on which the Israeli 'Phalcon' radar was mounted on the Russian IL-76 aircraft equipped with the more powerful PS-90A engines making it more advanced than many such systems.
This is the first of a total of three AWACS that the IAF is slated to receive.
The remaining two are expected to be inducted into the IAF by 2010 and all the AWACS would be based at Agra.
India is one of the few countries to have inducted the AWACS in their Air Forces.
The AWACS is a true 'force-multiplier' that gives a quantum jump to the operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force.
Known as the Air Force's 'Eye in the Sky', it is capable of detecting intruders over sea and land at large distances.
It has many other capabilities including Electronic and Signal Intelligence gathering.
Once operationalised alongwith the Operational Data Link (ODL), Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) and the Air Force Net (AFNET), the IAF would be able to take a definitive step towards Net Centric Operations. (ANI)