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  1. RPK

    RPK SENIOR MEMBER

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    India developing unmanned combat air vehicle - India - DNA


    India is developing an unmanned combat air vehicle and all technologies required for the project have already been identified, a senior defence official said.


    "We have identified all the technologies required for the unmanned combat air vehicle," PS Subramanyam project director and chief of Aeronautical Development Agency, a DRDO lab headquartered here, said.


    These technologies include flying wing and stealth, which was most important, he said speaking at newly formed Bangalore Defence and Aerospace Journalists' Forum here.


    "Work on the project has begun in different parts of the country, including in laboratories. Technologies are now getting evolved and we are working on configuration in parallel and eventually at some stage user (IAF) requirements will be matched into the design," he said.


    Subramanyam said the Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) was currently undergoing the certification process, which was targeted to be completed by December 27 this year.


    "Some 300 to 400 scientists are working on certification programme because the work we have done for last 20 years has to be consolidated and put to scrutiny by the certification agency," he said.


    Chief controller, R&D (Aero & Services Interaction), DRDO, Prahlada said the indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System, integrated onboard the Brazilian aircraft EMB145 as per Indian Air Force's requirement, would be roll out in January.


    It would be flight tested in India later next year, he said during interaction after unveiling the logo of the forum.


    Prahlada termed the indigenous AEW&C sytem as "very cost-effective" and "probably the cheapest in the world".


    Officials said the AEW&C system (also called AWACS -Airborne Warning and Control System) was being developed by the Bangalore-based Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), a lab under the DRDO for the IAF.


    Under a deal signed between India and Brazil in 2008, Embraer aircraft manufacturer was entrusted to modify its EMB145 to carry Active Array Antenna Unit by India on the aircraft's fuselage.

    Three modified EMB-145 aircraft would be developed under the agreement.


    The indigenous AEW&C system would detect, identify and classify threats present in the surveillance area and act as a command and control centre to support air operations.
     
  2. Urbanized Greyhound

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    we started work on an indigenous project for AWACs ( code named Airawat) in the mid 1980's .....the government happens to stall every significant project with their indifference to invest in local R & D....every single high tech equipment purchased from abroad brings a pocket full of monies to the corrupt officials......


    even the SARAS developed by the NAL could have been worked upon to fulfill this role......a pathetic state of affairs.....:hitwall:
     
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    I dnt think so if you look at the Saras project it is still under development and there is no sign to come in picture (still project is bhagwan Bharose) can you tell me when it will be induct in the arm force. Answer is no body know and second think Saras is very small plane it cannot be use for AWAC it can only operate as a small transport roll not for AWAC same like Dornier yes it is better & larger then dornier but has limited capacity.
     
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    well Saras is designed (as per the NAL description on its website) as capable of remote sensing , aerial research services and also for coast guard and border surveillance ........more investment into the project could involve developing a larger prototype ( than the two transport variants currently flying).... also considering the project Airavat begun in 1985 and the Saras begun in 1991...the DRDO could have linked the two projects .....

    as regards the bold part according to both wiki and the Nal official sources ....development status is that they seem to be working on
    a " Production Standard Aircraft (PSA)" ....which will be the final prototype with commercial production scheduled to start from late 2010 or early 2011.......

    btw SARAS is the first big transport aircraft with military applications in India that involves theprivate sector in a big way ....such as mahindra and L& T......
     
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