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Project for Next-Generation Airborne Warning System: Defence


  • The government sanctioned a Rs 5,113 crore project to develop a next-generation Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), which will act as a 360-degree ‘Eye in the Sky’, and also approved purchase of two Airbus A330 aircraft for the same.
  • The eventual plan is to induct eight such aircraft under the “AWACS-India” project.
  • DAC, chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,  approved the purchase of 1,512 mine ploughs for T90 tanks for Rs 710 crore and 30 weapon-locating radar for Rs 1,605 crore.
  • The top-decision making body in the Defence Ministry  approved certain deviations in the offset policy for the purchase of harpoon missiles for the navy, which had been sanctioned earlier.
  • A fresh Request for Proposal (RFP) for 220 Truck-Mounted Lifting Device (TMLD) was  approved by DAC at a cost of Rs 24 crore.
  • Procurement of 30 Weapon-Locating Radars was also cleared by DAC.


  • AWACS has the capability to penetrate “longer distances” within enemy territory by way of radars and electronic warfare systems without venturing into the region physically. It can remain in the sky for larger durations and enables better visibility.
  • The Weapon-Locating radars will be able to pick up artillery guns.
  • Need to strengthen Defence since both China and Pakistan are well ahead of India in this critical area in modern-day warfare .

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