INDIA became the first country in South Asia on Monday to own an Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS), called 'an eye in the sky, with the Israeli-made 'Phalcon reaching Jamnagar airbase on the countrys western coast on Monday, reports Zee News. The Phalcons would now be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on May 28 by Defence Minister A K Antony at the Palam airbase in the capital, IAF sources said. The AWACS, which arrived here this (Monday) morning about 18 months behind schedule, would provide IAF the means to keep a tab on enemy aircraft and missiles taking off from across the border, thereby alerting response defensive systems here. The Phalcon, mounted on Russian Ilyushin-76 heavylift transport aircrafts airframe, had left Israel on Sunday and IAF pilots flew the first of the three aircraft-mounted radar system to India. The delivery of the USD 1.1 billion AWACS was previously scheduled on May 18, but last minute technical check-ups delayed its departure from Israel, sources said. The remaining two AWACS, under the tripartite deal between India, Israel and Russia, would be delivered by mid or late 2010, IAF sources said. The AWACS would provide India means to track incoming missiles and look deep into the neighbouring countries under all weather conditions. The system can also direct air defence fighters during combat operations against enemy jets. It also helps detect troop build up across the borders. With the induction of the Phalcons, the frontline IAF fighters like Sukhoi-30MKIs, Mirage-2000s and Jaguars will now be backed by the airborne radar system to provide data on incoming enemy aircraft or missile much beyond visual range through a direct link. India and Israel are said to be in advanced negotiations for the purchase of three more Phalcon AWACS, which the IAF proposes to integrate with other air and ground assets. All the six AWACS would be linked with the countrys first military satellite proposed to be launched by the middle of next year.