India to add 2 more aircraft to strengthen AWACS capabilities » Kashmir Media Service

New Delhi, May 02 (KMS): In a bid to further its hegemonic designs, India will acquire two more PHALCON airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) aircraft from Israel.

Media reports suggest that the Indian Defence Ministry moved the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for acquisition of two more AWACS aircraft just days before the aerial clash between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in February, this year. PAF had shot down two Indian fighter aircrafts and captured a Wing Commander of IAF after they violated the Pakistani airspace along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27. The deal is worth around $ 2 billion, with the radar mounted on Russian platform.

The Indian Air Force plans to approach the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) after the new government takes over in late May, for the purchase of 21 upgraded MiG-29 fighters from Russia to arrest the growing shortfall in fighter squadrons. This deal is expected to be worth around 4,500 crore.

The reports quoting four people directly involved in the process said that the need for PHALCON AWACS was felt as Pakistan had seven of them in service as compared to five in service with IAF.

The requirement was felt more acutely with Islamabad deploying two AWACS round-the-clock in the north and the south, while India had AWACS up for only 12 hours a day along its northern and western borders, the reports added.

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