For the first time, Jaguar fighter plane flies with advanced radar

Highlights
  • Apart from the AESA radar, the aircraft will also be equipped with 28 new sensors
  • With all the new features, the Jaguar Darin III is expected to serve the IAF for at least another decade
  • It has new features like multi target tracking frequency agility, higher bandwidth of operation and interleaved modes of operation

Test pilots at defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) flew for the first time an upgraded Jaguar fighter aircraft fitted with an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar.

The Jaguar Darin III, which HAL is upgrading for the Indian Air Force (IAF), will now boast of the state-of-the-art AESA radar and improved features like multi target tracking frequency agility, higher bandwidth of operation, interleaved modes of operation, higher accuracies and resolution.

HAL and Israeli firm ELTA, whose radar the defence PSU has fitted the Jaguar with, had completed the ground trials in February. Apart from the AESA radar, the aircraft will also be equipped with 28 new sensors, among other things.

With all the new features, the Jaguar Darin III is expected to serve the IAF for at least another decade. The IAF, which has been struggling to keep up its fighter plane strength at the desired level was satisfied with the initial upgrade plan and the aircraft had received the IOC (initial operational clearance) in November 2016.

ELM-2052 AESA radar is also leading the race to be also be equipped with HAL’s LCA-Tejas MK-1A Upgraded fighter jet which will make its first flight by end of 2019. India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) developed Uttam AESA radar is currently going through Integration in older LCA-Tejas MK1 aircraft to begin its developmental trials and might be equipped with Tejas MK 2 and Mig-29K.

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ELM-2052 AESA radar is also leading the race to be also be equipped with HAL’s LCA-Tejas MK-1A Upgraded fighter jet which will make its first flight by end of 2019. India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) developed Uttam AESA radar is currently going through Integration in older LCA-Tejas MK1 aircraft to begin its developmental trials and might be equipped with Tejas MK 2 and Mig-29K.

Scaleable Uttam AESA radar will also make its way into India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program until then Israeli supplied ELM-2052 AESA radar will be dominating Indian Air Force fleet.

ELM-2052 is an advanced Fire Control Radar (FCR) designed for air-to-air superiority and strike missions, based on fully solid-state Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technology, enabling the radar to achieve long detection ranges, high mission reliability and multi-target tracking capabilities.

“The upgrade incorporates new state-of-the-art avionics architecture including the Open System Architecture Mission Computer (OSAMC), Engine and Flight Instrument System (EFIS), Fire Control Radar, Inertial Navigation System with GPS and Geodetic height correction, et al,” HAL said.

It added that the plane will also boast of Solid State Digital Video Recording System (SSDVRS), Solid State Flight Data Recorder (SSFDR), Smart Multi-Function Display (SMD), Radio Altimeter with 20,000 ft range, Autopilot with Alt Select and Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF).

 

 

 

 

 

Source:- TNN

 

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