EADS Defence & Security (DS) will supply consultancy services to the Indian Armed Forces in developing the system architecture of its Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) program. The company was awarded the two-digit-million Euro contract by the Indian Defence Research Design Organisation (DRDO) to provide support in the development of system architecture with particular regard to certification and mission equipment optimisation.

“From our systems responsibility for the overall military management system of the A400M transport aircraft we have thorough experience in certification of aircraft according to civil and military rules,” explained Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics, an integrated Business Unit of EADS DS. "This, together with our broad technology base in sensors and data fusion, makes us the ideal partner for DRDO."

Since 2006 Defence Electronics has successfully cooperated with DRDO to develop a Missile Approach Warning System for Indian helicopter and wide-body aircraft. Furthermore, the Business Unit has developed a data fusion system that is operated successfully in the NATO AWACS aircraft as well as Australia's and Turkey's similar Airborne Early Warning fleets. In the A400M program, Defence Electronics is responsible for the integration of military systems into the A400, the scope ranges from communication handling and low-level flight management to self-protection.