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IAF to buy 4 Aerostat Radars from Indian vendors to boost Ground Surveillance
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 9/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

The IAF has been using Israeli aerostat radars but there had been serious issues regarding their maintenance and operations. The two radars had cost over Rs 300 crore.The fresh RFI says that responses were requested only from Indian manufacturers or authorised vendors.

After ascertaining the availability of aerostat system in the Indian market, the actual bids would be invited sometime next year, officials. However, before that happens, the air force wants to reassure itself on issues like level of indigenization, delivery capability and maintenance support.

There had been a move to procure eight aerostat radars which are used for low level airborne ground surveillance.As per the specifications sought by the IAF, it should have an operating altitude of 15,000 feet.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its 2011 report had highlighted that the Israeli aerostats had developed technical difficulties resulting in an internal probe to fix responsibilities.

HOW AEROSTAT RADARS BOOST AIR DEFENCE CAPABILITY

The aerostat balloons are mobile, static or even portable.Very few countries in the world use these radar carrying balloons which are meant to monitor low level aerial threats.They are deployed close to the borders to keep an eye on the aerial activities. The lifespan of aerostats are generally 10 years. The IAF had indicated the requirement of at least eight aerostat systems.

 

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IAF to buy 4 Aerostat Radars from Indian vendors to boost Ground Surveillance

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