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HAL commences upgrade of Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI fleet with indigenous technologies; Upgrades to be carried in two phases

Source : IgMp Bureau


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has embarked on a significant upgrade of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets. The upgrade project, confirmed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) CMD, Mr. CB Ananthakrishnan, is divided into two phases, focusing on enhancing both offensive and defensive capabilities with a strong emphasis on indigenous technology.

Phase One: Avionics and Radars Upgrade

The first phase prioritizes the integration of cutting-edge avionics and radars on the Su-30MKIs. This upgrade aims to improve situational awareness, targeting accuracy, and overall mission effectiveness. The introduction of a new Electronic Warfare System (EWS) will provide advanced electronic countermeasures against enemy threats and enhance communication disruption capabilities. Additionally, indigenous Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) systems will be installed to sharpen the jets’ targeting abilities in all-weather conditions.

Phase Two: Flight Control Systems Upgrade

In the second phase, the focus will be on upgrading the flight control systems of the Su-30MKIs to ensure precise maneuverability and enhanced handling, even in demanding situations. This phase represents a crucial step towards complete self-reliance, as several Russian-origin systems will be replaced with indigenous alternatives developed by Indian firms.

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Emphasis on Indigenous Technology

The project’s emphasis on indigenous technology serves multiple purposes. It promotes the growth of India’s domestic aerospace industry, reduces dependence on external sources, and enhances national security by ensuring control over critical technologies.

Significance of the Upgrade

This two-phase upgrade not only modernizes the Su-30MKI fleet but also paves the way for a more self-reliant Indian Air Force. The enhanced capabilities will strengthen India’s aerial defense capabilities and ensure its combat aircraft remain relevant in the face of evolving threats.

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