Report: India Acquires SDR Systems from Rafael

The Indian Air Force will reportedly integrate 400 Software Defined Radio (SDR) systems into its Mirage-2000, MiG-29, and Su-30 fighter aircraft

Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft (Photo: AP)

The Indian Air Force has made an emergency purchase of BNET Software Defined Radio (SDR) systems from Rafael, according to a report by Times News Network.

The air force has reportedly decided to buy SDRs immediately after February’s Balakot airstrike and the ensuing dogfights. “During both battles, the IAF, when it came to safe communication, found itself deficient,” the report said. 

According to the report, the Indian Air Force will integrate 400 Rafael SDR systems into its Mirage-2000, MiG-29, and Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft.

“The SDRs will ensure secure communication not just between fighters in the air, but also between fighters in the air and the ground installations and importantly between the fighters in the air and the AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System),” the report adds. “If there is an attempt to jam, communication can shift to another frequency and continue.”