India is also developing a smaller AWACS version, mounting
locally developed radar derived from the Akash air defense missile,
mounted on an Embraer aircraft. India has already spent $500
million on the program, which could be used as a 'gap filler'
to complement ground based and airborne PHALCON systems.
India is also interested in acquiring several Hawkeye
2000 AEW aircraft to equip its aircraft carriers. The Indian
Navy is currently operating Kamov 28 HELIX AEW systems which
have limited range, endurance and coverage while Hawkeye aircraft
could extend their capability to keep up with strike capabilities
provided by new MiG-29s soon to join the Indian Navy service.