The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has cleared a proposal to purchase two Phalcom Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), surveillance aircrafts from Israel.
This defence deal is as per a tripartite agreement signed with Israel and Russia.
Significance of this deal: CCS’s approval comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official visit to Israel later in the 2016. This visit will make him first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel and it will give major boost to Indo-Israel ties.
AWACS: They are advanced radars mounted on an aircraft to give an ability to see deep inside enemy territory and 360 degree coverage to detect incoming aircraft and missiles at long ranges. These radars release ultrasonic waves in all the directions. Any incoming object in airspace such as aircrafts, missiles, etc reflect these waves back to the radar, signaling the presence of object.
India already has three operational Phalcom AWACS. These AWACS were purchased from Israel. These AWACS are radars mounted on IL-76 (Ilyushin plane which was delivered by Russia.)