The Indian Air Force (IAF) has released a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of a telemetry system for the Bengaluru-based Aircraft System Testing Establishment (ASTE), the service’s premier test pilot school. The release of the RFI, which does not cite the value for the total procurement, comes at a time when India is gearing up to receive its first Embraer-built Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C) aircraft by year’s end. The Defense Research and Development Organization’s Center for Airborne Systems will do the system integration, while ASTE pilots are expected to perform the flight tests in early 2012, before the system’s induction. A modified EMB-145, India’s AEW&C was rolled out last month in Brazil.
(Full report in Aviation Week here)