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IAF signed a contract with an Indian manufacturer

Published on October 27, 2023
Current Context: The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently signed a contract with an Indian manufacturer for the procurement of Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) at 82 IAF locations.
IAF signed a contract with an Indian manufacturer
  • This technological enhancement will provide a major boost to Aerospace Safety by making available real-time weather updates during flying operations and training.
  • AWS are devices that measure and record various meteorological parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, etc.
  • They can transmit the data to a central server or display it on a screen.
  • AWS are useful for aviation as they can provide accurate and timely information about the weather conditions at different altitudes and locations.
  • The IAF has been working on upgrading its fleet of its Russian-origin Su-30 MKI combat aircraft with indigenous advanced radars and weapon systems.
  • The AWS procurement is part of the IAF’s efforts to achieve self-reliance and modernization in the defence sector.
  • The IAF is also planning to equip its LCA Tejas Mark 1A fighter jet with the indigenous Uttam Active Electronically Scanned Array radar and the Angad electronic warfare suite.

Question:

Q.1 How many IAF locations will be equipped with Automatic Weather Stations as per the contract?
a. 52
b. 62
c. 72
d. 82
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