India's government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is in advanced negotiations with Airbus Defence and Space to procure two A330 military transport aircraft for fitment with indigenously designed airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems that will enable for longer-range surveillance and target detection.
Industry sources told Jane's on 28 May that price negotiations to acquire the two platforms for the Indian Air Force (IAF) are expected to be concluded "imminently", with a contract set to follow by the end of the year.
According to the sources, Airbus would be required to deliver the A330s with structural modifications, power and endurance adaptations as well as assorted provisions to support the AEW&C systems designed by the DRDO's Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS).
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