Video and photos from India AEW&C roll-out



No thanks to some serious airline cancellations, diversions and delays, I made it to Brazil just a few hours before the scheduled roll-out of the ERJ-145 airborne early warning and control platform (AEW&C) for the Indian air force. Here’s video of the big moment when the curtain fell.



India will install the Centre for Airborne Surveillance (CABS) phased-array radar on the ERJ-145, but it’s not on the jet. A promotional video displayed on the big-screen at the ceremony showed the new CABS antenna for, I think, the first time.





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2 Responses to Video and photos from India AEW&C roll-out

  1. Amicus Curiae 21 February, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I believe this to be an excellent example of the influence of the Nimrod and Hawkeye schools of aviation aesthetics. For the joy of fins and antennae I prefer my father’s ’57 Plymouth. To each his own?

    “Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. To the great poet, there is only one method of music — his own. To the great painter, there is only one manner of painting — that which he himself employs. The aesthetic critic, and the aesthetic critic alone, can appreciate all forms and all modes. It is to him that Art makes her appeal.”
    Oscar Wilde

  2. Distiller 22 February, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Too many things growing on it in a too short space. And that roof AESA looks awfully close to the tailplane – are they sure that in cruise they won’t be killed by turbulences hitting the tailplane? Wouldn’t want to take off in a crosswind with that.

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