India's first fighter aircraft fitted with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar successfully completed its maiden test flight on Thursday. The test was conducted by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after fitting the Jaguar DARIN III aircraft with the IAI/ELTA ELM-2052 advanced radar.
The Jaguar Darin III, which HAL is upgrading for the Indian Air Force, will now boast of the 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 ELTA 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.
"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: Times of India]