Looking to strengthen its surveillance capabilities and control over the maritime zone, Indian Navy is planning to procure four aircraft carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) planes.
“We are planning to procure four carrier-based AEW&C aircraft to carry out airborne surveillance, detection and tracking of airborne and surface contacts and control air interceptions and air strikes,” Navy officials told PTI here.
At present, the Navy operates the carrier-borne Kamov-31, which were procured from Russia for early warning roles.
Using AEW&C aircraft on aircraft carriers will help in expanding the area under surveillance near the area of their deployment, they added.
“The control over the area would also be increased as the AEW&C aircraft can detect enemy fighter and maritime patrol aircraft and direct the fighter planes attached with it towards them and take them out,” officials said.