A rare photograph of one of three specially outfitted Avro HS 748s, the airborne test platforms under India's erstwhile Project Airavat
, in flight in the 1990s. The 24-ft diameter rotodome contained a radar developed by DRDO and HAL in the late 1980s under Project Guardian
. Airavat (incidentally, now the name of one of the navy's new amphibious assault ships
) was suspended indefinitely following a tragic crash in January 1999 during a test-flight, in which all eight crew and scientists on board were killed. It was five years later that the effort was revived, and it is the DRDO AEW&C EMB 145I
that we know today.
Photo / DRDO Archives
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