Dec 19, 2012
Defense minister A.K Antony said in Parliament while three AWACS already stand operationalized in the Indian Air Force (IAF), there is a proposal for procurement of two additional AWACS. Simultaneously, DRDO is engaged in indigenous development of three AEW&C systems.
“The Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) of Ministry of Defense envisages deployment of a mix of large i.e. Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft and small i.e. Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System aircraft.
In addition, the project proposal for indigenous development of AWACS (India) has been submitted by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for Government's approval.”