Mort Walker wrote:Wrong again. The EL/W-2090 IAI radar has given both DRDO and the IAF significant experience. The Netra platform is important from a development point of view and given its capability, its mission is different from a full fledged AWACS. There was already agreement to get 6 IL-76 platforms for the EL/W-2090. That should continue and so should the Netra platform. What I'm trying to stress is that Netra is not a substitute for the EL/W-2090 or the indigenous AWACS platform. It has a complimentary mission.
I don't think I said we should substitute or discontinue with Il-76 based platform. Where are you getting that from? Are you making stuff up? Please don't do that! In two sentences this is what I have been trying to say:
1). Add more Netra, upto 6 or 7 more as A330 platform will take its time to make it to FOC, adding more Netra for western and southern command frees up Il-76 for eastern theater.
2). Instead of adding A330 based platforms, my *personal* preference is for mid range platforms as you can roughly buy 10 instead of 6 for the same budget, and it allows for easier operational tasking, and any loss/damage/unavailability will be well contained with larger number of mid sized platforms