Indian Air Force to receive Phalcon AWACS
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  • Reports indicated that the IAF would receive the first of the Phalcon Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft from Israel, on May 18, 2009. The system, to be linked with the country’s first military satellite, launched recently, would enable the IAF to acquire better intelligence inputs, maintain air superiority and improve strike capabilities as well as conduct tactical surveillance deep into neighboring countries without violating their airspace. It has all-weather capability and can log on to 60 targets at a time. The AWACS is a product of cooperation between Israel, India and Russia, with the Israeli radar mounted on modified Russian IL-76 aircraft1.