India in Talks to Buy Three More AWACS Planes From IAI

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.