The first aircraft, equipped with the antenna structure for the phased-array radar under development by DRDO’s Bengalaru-based Center for Air Borne Systems (CABS), is ready for flight testing at Embraer before its scheduled delivery to India in Aug, 2011.
Once delivered, CABS will begin integration of the AEW&C Mission System, which includes the active, electronically scanned array radar, electronic support measures, satellite communications, datalinks and operator workstations.
The full configuration is expected to fly in 2012.
The Indian aircraft incorporates several improvements. These include an in-flight refueling probe; a new electrical generation system with a second auxiliary power unit for the mission suite; and a new cooling system.
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