Monday, May 25, 2009

Falcon AWACS lands in Jamnagar

Three Falcon combat aircraft equipped with airborne early warning command control system (AWACS) landed at the IAF Jammnagar on Monday morning from Ben Gurion airport of Israel via Eilat.

These aircraft has a capacity to search enemy missiles and the ability to strike at enemy territory without infringing it.

Falcons are due for induction in IAF on May 27, one-and-a-half year late than the stipulated time due to technical problems. These aircrafts were purchased by India at an approximate cost of Rs 5,000 crore and has one of the most powerful surveillance systems.

AWACS fitted in Falcon is like a permanent dome on the top of the aircraft. These aircrafts were bought as part of tripartite agreement among India, Israel and Russia. Defence ministry sources said with the induction of this state-of-the-art warplanes, IAF's sky surveillance would become unparalleled.

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