India expected to order Israeli AWACs for $1 billion

According to reports in the Indian media that were quoted in Israel, the Indian Cabinet is expected this week to approve an order of two Phalcon early warning and control systems (AWACs), which will join the three that were acquired in 2004

Indian Air Force Plane with the Falcon system. Photo: Michael Sender,

The Indian Cabinet is expected to approve this week an order of two Phalcon AWACs from Elta, a subsidiary of IAI, according to reports in the Indian media that were quoted by Israel's Calcalist newspaper. The cost of the giant deal: about $1 billion. The planes are expected to join the three that were acquired from Israel in 2004.   

According to the report, a deal for the purchase of planes has been in the works for the past few years, but an incident between India and Pakistan about six months ago in which the Indian Air Force found itself in a position of inferiority led to the speeding up of the acquisition process. Also, Calcalist noted the deterioration in relations between India and China that has three similar early-warning planes.