Rs 8000 crore deal between Airforce and Defence PSU to enhance air security

New Delhi: In what will integrate the Indian Air Force (IAF) radars with the Army, Navy and civilian radars for an enhanced air threat detection and response capabilities, a Rs 7,910 crore contract was signed with the defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) late on Thursday night here.

The contract entered into between the IAF and BEL to purchase new IACCS (Integrated Air Command and Control Systems) comes a week after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared the proposal which had got a go ahead from the Defence Acquisition Council( a body under the defence ministry that clears the Acceptance of Necessity) in November , 2014.

A senior IAF official told dna that the project is a part of an expansion plan to have four IACCS nodes set up with one each in Andaman and Nicobar Island and Eastern, Southern and Central sectors. Currently India have five such nodes in its Western sector along the Pakistan border. The decision also comes close on the heels of a $ 3.1 billion deal to buy 22 Apache attack and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the US.