In July 1985, a lead project office �ASWAC� (Airborne Surveillance Warning And Control) was formed to (i) initiate work on 43 lead-in-schemes identified to generate necessary & sufficient database for taking up the development of the indigenous Airborne Early Warning (AEW) System (ii) Prepare a Project Definition Report (PDR) and (iii) Prepare a Statement of Case for sanction of the programme by CCPA (Cabinet Committee for Parliament Affairs). After successful completion of these objectives of ASWAC Project Office, CABS (Centre for Airborne Systems) was formed on 01 Feb 91 to act as a System House and an Integration Agency, utilising all available infrastructure and expertise in the country for the development of Electronic Force Multipliers initially focusing it�s attention on AEW/AWACS related technologies.
The Centre, as a nodal agency took up the development of the ASP (Airborne Surveillance Platform), as a �Technology Demonstrator� Programme on a modified HS-748 aircraft. Though the Programme suffered a setback and was short-closed due to a mishap, the Centre achieved many technological gains during development and demonstration of the ASP. The IAF and DRDO jointly agreed on the necessity to move ahead by gainfully utilising the competence, expertise and infrastructure built during the development of the ASP. Subsequently the charter of duties of CABS were revised and re-oriented with the AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) programme sanctioned on 06 Oct 04 to use state-of-the-art technologies configured on a regional jet class of aircraft complementing the IAF�s fleet of AWACS.
Meet Technological Challenges of Airborne Surveillance Systems.
Develop key technologies and Infrastructure for building efficient and cost-effective indigenous Airborne Surveillance Systems.
“Centre for Airborne Systems is committed to design and develop Airborne Force Multipliers in cost effective ways to meet user requirements and continuously improve the systems / products through an efficient quality management system”
Shri MS Easwaran
PGD (AEW&C) & Director
Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS)
Shri MS Easwaran, OS took over as PGD (AEW&C) & Director, Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS) Bengaluru, on 15 July 2015. Born on 30 Sep 1961, he completed his BSc (Hons) in Physics and MSc in Physics/Electronics from University of Delhi and obtained his M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Delhi.
He joined Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) as Scientist-‘B’ in 1984. He was involved in development of the first technology demonstrator phased array based multi mode radar, Phased Array Antenna for AKASH System, SV 2000 RADAR System, signal processor for LCA Radar and unequal waveguide based power divider network for slotted array antenna of LCA and ASP Radars.
During his tenure as part of GFAST, he was instrumental in identifying Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) as a critical Airborne radar requirement and enabled initiation of Project for development of SAR in DRDO.
Shri MS Easwaran joined CABS in 2004 as Scientists-‘F’ and assumed charge as Associate Programme Director for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Programme. He was elevated to the rank of Outstanding Scientist in 1st Oct 2017.
He is recipient of many awards including prestigious ‘Scientist of the Year Award’ in 2010, ‘DRDO Award for path breaking Research and Outstanding Technology’ in 2012 and ‘Agni Award for self reliance’ in 2013. He has over 17 papers to his credit.
- CABS provides Lightning Test Facilities (LTF)
and protection schemes to several civil industries. Fiber optics cables of telecom service providers and tested and qualified for lightning. Civil electronic, automotive firms also utilise this services. Towards this CABS has established a national LTF capable of 4MV high voltage and 200 KA high current tests.
- CABS has indoor far-field antennae measurement facility for radiation pattern measurement from 1 GHz to 18 GHz. Also Planar Near Field Measurement (PNFM) facility available at CABS
- Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) and Antennae developed at CABS can be tailor made to Civil ATC. The transponder developed can be used for civil aircrafts.