The Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) on Wednesday handed over the second air alert aircraft, NETRA, to the Indian Air Force.
The indigenously built aircraft was handed over to Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, Chief of Western Air Command at Bathinda Air Base, Punjab.
The Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) aircraft, Netra, played a stellar role during the Balakot air strikes, which was carried out by the Indian Air Force in February this year. It provided surveillance and radar coverage to five Mirage aircraft bombing terrorist launch pads at Balakot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
With the help of Bengaluru-based Center for Airborne Systems, designed and developed by DRDO scientists, NETRA is equipped with indigenously developed electronics and hardware.
It is useful for monitoring, tracking, identifying and classifying airborne, sea surface targets and in detecting incoming ballistic missile threats.
Source: Odisha TV