Quote: "2010-10-21 Boeing Vice President and India Chief Mr. Vivek Lall confirmed in an interview to Press Trust of India that the American defense and aerospace major has briefed the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy of the B737-700 AWACS platform in response to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Ministry of Defence.
The AWACS platform provides for long distance beyond horizon radar coverage and it encompasses both the B 737-700 aircraft platform with a variety of aircraft control and advanced radar systems."
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 8006 times:
Why would India do this? They already have AWACS versions of the Il-76 and E-145. A B-737 version would make it 3 different types with 3 different radars, spread across an AWACS fleet size of about 12 aircraft.
bikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1595 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 7976 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1): Why would India do this? They already have AWACS versions of the Il-76 and E-145
The same reason why they are looking for replacement tankers. I think they are dissatisfied with the Il-76 airframe.
The 737 AEW&C would operate nicely in conjunction with the smaller E-145. You also get the increased battle management capabilities with the larger 737 that you can't quite handle in the smaller E-145.
Finally, if the Indian Navy are going to get the P-8I, then of course, the Indian Air Force would need something comparable.
One nagging question I can't discard is whether India would go after the Sentinels now that the RAF has declared it will retire those after Afghanistan. Second hand, true....but fairly new and capable.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7735 times:
Quoting bikerthai (Reply 3): Now, if India chooses the 737 as a tanker as well, they will have ubber commonality across their fleet.
I'm not sure about that. The only B-737NG model that would make a reasonable tanker would be the B-737-700ER, and even then, just a tactical tanker. It would not provide enough fuel for the P-8Is mission, nor the C-17A. India would be better off with a B-767-200ER tanker, either a new build, or a converted one.
bikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1595 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7540 times:
Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 4): whether India would go after the Sentinels now that the RAF
Boeing is pitching the same ground search radar functionality on their P-8A variant. The extra capability you will get with the higher cost would be the ground attack capability (bomb bay and wing pod).
Quote: "Nov 9/10: IANS reports that India's indigenously-developed AEW&C radar system will be sent to Brazil 'shortly', to be integrated with an Embraer 145 jet. DRDO's Chief Controller (SI) Prahlada, told India Strategic defence magazine that the first base jet for the program is due to roll out in January 2011, and the Indian AEW&C radar will be integrated on it by the end of 2011. That would allow testing and certification, which will take a couple of years."
Quoting bikerthai (Reply 6):
Boeing is pitching the same ground search radar functionality on their P-8A variant.
And this describes the 737-700 based AEW&C platform.....
redflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4177 posts, RR: 30 Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6356 times:
Quoting hka098 (Reply 2): Though, India seems to love spending money on defense...
Given Pakistan's nuclear armament and potential instability, I think they have good reason to love spending money on defense. I'm sure they also have a wary eye on their neighbor, China, which has made huge advances militarily. They've fought wars with both in the last half century so I've no doubt they are keen to keep up as much as they can with the latest military hardware available.
Quoting bikerthai (Reply 3): The same reason why they are looking for replacement tankers. I think they are dissatisfied with the Il-76 airframe.
Isn't the Il-76 an old design? It would obviously have a lot of shortcomings compared to what's available today.
Quote: "Jan 12/11: India’s 3rd Phalcon aircraft is performing long-duration flights over Israel and the Mediterranean using 'some very complex scenarios', with Indian Air Force personnel aboard. The planes also reportedly have some additional features, as India requested 'unspecified additional capabilities' for its 3rd Phalcon plane. The most likely additions would involve additional radar modes for maritime and/or ground coverage, and improved signals intelligence intercept & location capability."
Quote: "Based on the proven Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet, the aircraft features an in-flight refueling system, SATCOM capability, a significant increase in electrical and cooling capacities, and a comprehensive set of aerodynamic and structural changes. These improvements will allow the installation of the advanced electronic systems currently being developed by India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) with CABS (Centre for Airborne Systems) as the nodal agency."
This brings the IAF's plan to field both long and medium range AWACS platforms closer to completion.