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India is negotiating the purchase of three additional AWACS surveillance planes from Israel Aerospace Industries, an Indian defense official said over the weekend. The estimated value of the deal is $1.35 billion.

The news comes just days before the expected delivery of the first of three Phalcon AWACS that India ordered in 2004 for $1.1 billion, the official said.

The Phalcon radar can track 60 targets simultaneously out to 350 kilometers, an Indian Air Force official said.

While awaiting the AWACS planes - Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems - the air force has been relying on unmanned aerial vehicles manufactured by IAI, including the Searcher-I, Searcher-II and Heron models.