Air Force to acquire 6 ‘Eye In The Sky’ planes in ₹ 11,000 Crore deal

The Indian Air Force is set to acquire six state-of-the-art airborne warning and control aircraft in a deal worth close to Rs.11,000 crore with the Cabinet Committee on Security giving a green light on Wednesday.

The aircraft themselves are likely to be hand-me-down A-321 jetliners from Air India which will then be structurally modified to carry a made-in-India radar developed by the Defence Research and Development Radar. The DRDO radar will be a modernised variant of the existing active electronically steered array (AESA) radar installed on two Netra airborne warning aircraft already deployed by the IAF.