India is considering acquisition of six Airbus A330 aircraft with the aim of equipping the aircraft with India's indigenioulsy developed Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS). Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Chairman S. Christopher revealed during Aero India international seminar that the order was awaiting approval of Cabinet Committee on Security. If approved, the first aircraft will be delivered to Indian Air Forces (IAF) in 2024.
Indigeniously developed by the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) and scheduled to be handed over to the IAF on February 14, the new AWACS system is built on Brazilian-made Embraer-145 aircraft. According to Christopher's statements, indigenious AWACS will have 360 degree surveillance with a coverage area of 300 km when mounted on Airbus.