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Ballooning eyes: Future is innovative air ships for low cost operations

Aerostat radars work as a type of micro-satellite between the ground and the orbit. Once it is placed in the middle of atmosphere it can track everything that comes within its range. It is proven that putting aerostat radars in the sky is cost effective, yet it can enhance operational awareness by many folds when normal radar requires plenty of operational parameters to accomplish mission requirement. But still some military commanders fear that in case of bad weather and night operations it may not be as effective as electronic radars which can be handy for greater operational flexibility.

Cheap scanner: Poor man's AWACS

With Pakistani Air Force acquiring the US supplied L-88 aerostat systems, India is also speeding up the induction of aerostats to its inventory.

Sustaining act: Aerospace industry

With the arrival of a whole new set of medium multi-role combat aircraft, the joint creation with Russia of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, and the operationalization of the Tejas the Indian Air Force would have acquired the latest flying platforms but what would be the effect of their induction on the professed intention to create a largely indigenous aerospace industry to bolster national security well into the 21st century?

Standing still: Low cost AWACS for modern military

It needs to be remembered that an aerostat is not a balloon. As the name suggests it is a lighter-than-air vehicle that is so constructed that its aerodynamics keep the structure always pointed into the wind, that is, from the direction in which the wind is blowing.