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38 Comments on "FIRST PHOTO: India’s AEW Platform Makes First Flight"

RAJ
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4 years 5 months ago

Awesome picture Shiv. Its a beauty… Thanks for sharing… Good job guyz.

Rahul Devnath
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4 years 5 months ago

Awesome. That's a mean bird indeed. Considering that the AEW systems were already under development for long, this flight is supposedly a major milestone and now only few more hurdles, before it enters service.

sents
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4 years 5 months ago

Awesome. Congratulations to DRDO,
especially for AESA.

Mr Singh
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Mr Singh
4 years 5 months ago

Zoomed in from your post above.

JJ
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4 years 5 months ago

Great news ! Been waiting for this for a long time

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

congrats DRDO. AESA ix excellent.

iguru
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4 years 5 months ago

Very happy to hear about the DRDO's AESA Radar…Congratz…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

Superb!Hope for early induction and of many examples.
Best of luck to DRDO.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

Congratulations to DRDO and thanks Shiv for this long awaiting good news

Shubham
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Shubham
4 years 5 months ago

What a beauty!!! Thanks for sharing Shiv, lets hope it enters service soon.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

It is really great, awesome and bruhhaa moment. But any line that states … 'will be functional in 2-3 years' or will be inducted by 2017 clearly makes like some scientific project grant application.

Scientists often make claims in grant applications that we will change the world in next 5 years.

Reality is what we are talking about is securing our sovereignty and economic interests.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

i cant beleive that drdo developed
AESA RADAR DRDO STATEMENT ARE FAKE

Mihir
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4 years 5 months ago

Wow! Look at the sheer number of antennas and other thingamajigs sticking out of that thing!

It is going to give the IAF a major shot in the arm.

Mr. Ra
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Mr. Ra
4 years 5 months ago

A real good news.

Gautam
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Gautam
4 years 5 months ago

Pity they didn't go for an Israeli CAEW-style conformal fuselage antennas instead. That way they'd have 360-deg coverage whereas with the balance beam approach above forward and backward sectors are not covered by the radar.

Hopefully DRDO will implement nose and tail-mounted radar arrays(like the Chinese KJ-200 AWACS) before long. The IAF should insist on that.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

While it is a beautiful bird we should not forget that is has not been manufactured by us. The most difficult and delay prone work of getting the sensors and electronic subsystems to integrate with the aircraft and function right has not been done as yet. Now that the foreign vendor has finished his work, not it is time to do our part of the project.

Debarshi Malakar
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Debarshi Malakar
4 years 5 months ago

This aircraft really looks great with Indian spying devices installed on it.Really gr8 pics.

Debarshi Malakar
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Debarshi Malakar
4 years 5 months ago

This aircraft really looks great with Indian spying devices installed on it.Really gr8 pics.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

Congrats to DRDO and to all my Indian brothers and sisters. But the big question is that is DRDO really developed AESA on its own.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

More photos from a brazilian spotter, yesterday:

http://economia.terra.com.br/herramientas/fotos/fotos.aspx?id=179850

Shubham
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Shubham
4 years 5 months ago

With so many things jutting out of it, it looks more like a one stop shop for all of India's surveillance needs..all!

akshay
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4 years 5 months ago

isnt the Radar just a dummy ..its just dummy electronics?

Chintan
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Chintan
4 years 5 months ago

Whats that black rectangle on the front section, underneath the "Bharateey"? Is that something on the aircraft or is that a modification to the picture to hide something? Curious…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

OMG..it looks so beautiful..wonder if u can bring out any comparison between phalcon erieye (pakistan one) chinese awacs and this system…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

I hate to break this to you, but that radome and all the antennae are dummies. All that is being tested now is the aerodynamics and structural stability of these attachments. Given DRDO's overpromising and underdelivering, we may see some semblance of an underrated AEWCS platform (AESA — yeah right!!!, just like the Tejas being 4+ gen) sometime in 2017 to 2020 timeframe. So, don't keep your hopes up. This is typical DRDO trumpeting to squeeze out more taxpayer funds from the "Govrmint".

Gilberto Rezende
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4 years 5 months ago
We in Brazil are very happy with that joint with Embraer and DRDO because the success of that project could be a first of many Hindu-Brazilian projects. IF this endeavor proves it is possible effective work two almost opposite tech cultures, Brazil and India could do much help to each other. India is much more advance in military technologies in general than Brazil and spend so much more but in some areas despite the monetary inferiority Brazil have some to present as a partner. Must because that lack and continuity of funding Brazilian military and their engineers must be much… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

@Anon8:02,
LOL Taxpayer is back!!!
As the aircraft supplier what else is EMB supposed to do!

Actually,Radars are one area where DRDO has done very well,developing and seeing a range of 2d,3d,low -level,short-range,BSFR,WLRs etc.DRDO has developed good electronic packages and the AEWC will be just one more step.
Radars and EW are very critical techs and even with money,almost noe is willing to part with their core tech and this is one area where DRDO had had to develop fron scratch and done well.

Adventurousaviator
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4 years 5 months ago

hey shiv…..

there is a video of iaf awacs on youtube….

could u plz clarify that that were the both aircraft being built or one was tested….as there the aircraft in the video in one scene is without its final coat of paint and the next scene has it in iaf colour scheme. As per my belife an aircraft cannot be painted in a day.

Avi

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

Why is RM congratulating DRDO? This maiden flight is entirely the handiwork of Embraer. They have done all the modifications and mounted the dummy radar. DRDO has hardly touched the plane. Now is DRDO's turn to do their part. Lets see if they can earn their congratulations.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

if those radars and all built desi and only few countries possess these technos then why are we letting it on Brazilian soil?

wouldnt they try to sneak into our technos while fittin our equips on their planes?

Anonymous
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4 years 5 months ago
8:02 Replying to Shiv's 11:44 AM MSG: 🙂Exactly my point Shiv. Even though you have made it abundantly clear, somehow the announcement from DRDO and the posts of people congratulating DRDO are misleading the general populace. Look at all the press and you would think that we actually are testing a live AEWC platform which is simply not the case. @2:30 PM: Exactly my point. Kudos to Embraer engineers. Let DRDO earn their now!! @11:28 AM: Are you not paying ur taxes!!! You must be one of our aam aadmi types who just votes for cash doles and freebies and… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago

@Anon 2:30,

Because,the 'dummy' structures are not the figment of imagination of Embraer.They mimic in detail,dimensions and weight the 'actual DRDO system packages' that will be installed.You do not test-flight on non-specified parameters as virtually every gram and centimeter has a bearing on the aero-stability and performance of the aircraft.It is very expensive to rectify design mistakes in aircraft
This flight means that the basic DRDO systems,by way of actual electronics,mountings etc stands crystallized and finalized.
That by itself is a very big achievement.
That by itself is indeed fit for congratulations.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 5 months ago
@anon 4:23,The structures,pods,,antennas etc on the Embraer jet are not fancy embellishments 'stuck'on as decoration because they look 'sexy'.These are structures fabricated,designed as per requirement and by DRDO scientists.We are not talking about building of pre-planned ports/panels prepared by Embraer where DRDO will later conveniently fit it its radar like an after-market car audio system!!!These are customized fitting,developed in co-ordination with the DRDO for their radar system.Embraer will have no idea about the Indian radars to be fitted in without Indian/DRDO consultation,advice and co-ordination.On its part DRDO can give such advice only after its own system stands finalized.That is what… Read more »
Gilberto Rezende
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4 years 5 months ago
As I know here in Brazil there are 2 planes in test fligth since last week. One already in IAF colors and one with industrial scheme pre-delivery. The third unit is under final step of construction. The unit painted with IAF colors is supposed to be send to India in the beggining of 2012 and the other will remain on test in Brasil til the end of the next year. The AEW E-99 brazilian model that uses the same base plane and a swedish Erieye Erricson radar, but the company was sold to SAAB and the radar is only for… Read more »
Gilberto Rezende
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4 years 5 months ago
Hi Shiv, as I explained in the last post currently Embraer has no hardware to put on top our AEW because the sell of Erricson Microwave to SAAB in 2006. This year Embraer (encourage by the Brazilian government) make various moves to became a Defense Company.They bought a company called Orbisat that produces 3D ground defense pulse Doppler radar developed with partnership with our Army tech center (CTEX) for 60 km(operational) and 200 km(final development) and has also a mapping radar product in a huge project with the air force to map vast Amazon areas of Brazil with a very… Read more »
Joy
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4 years 4 months ago

@Gilberto Rezende… I like "Hindu Hardware" too 😉

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