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IAF is equipping Su-30MKI fighter jets with a state-of-the-art indigenous suite

IAF is equipping Su-30MKI fighter jets with a state-of-the-art indigenous suite

With the anticipated installation of a state-of-the-art indigenous suite onto its Su-30MKI fighter jets, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is making a major advancement in strengthening its aerial electronic warfare (EW) capabilities.

The development of this enhanced EW suite has been led by the Centre for Airborne Systems and Displays (CASDIC). A Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) and a podded jammer system are integrated into the proposed system. The RH and LH ASPJ pods, which are attached to stations 11 and 12 of the Su-30MKI, respectively, house these components.

By offering complete situational awareness and jamming capabilities against adversary radars, this internal-external combination seeks to improve the aircraft’s survivability and mission effectiveness.

Remarkably proactive, CASDIC tasked HAL, Nasik, with carrying out an extensive feasibility study for the integration of the EW suite onto the Su-30MKI. When this significant phase was finished in June 2023, it created the foundation for future development.

After completing the feasibility assessment, CASDIC formally proposed the EW suite to Air HQs, starting the process of obtaining the project’s required approval (Acceptance of Necessity, or AON). Concurrently, CASDIC is seeking project approval from DRDO, ensuring comprehensive support for this ambitious effort.

Strict deadlines have been set by the IAF for flight testing of the upgraded Su-30MKI. Understanding the value of urgency, CASDIC suggests starting thorough design work on the installation of the EW suite even before the project is formally sanctioned. This proactive strategy seeks to accelerate the procedure and ensure the project’s timely completion.

As shown in the feasibility study, the suggested detail design activity will involve RCMA (N) organising the drawings and documentation needed to modify the aircraft. After that, HAL will confirm that the work has been completed. At this point, the coordinated drawings and papers won’t be regarded as deliverables.

The IAF’s ability to conduct electronic warfare has advanced significantly with the addition of this homegrown EW suite to the Su-30MKI. This programme not only increases operational efficacy but also demonstrates India’s dedication to self-reliance in the vital field of defence technology. The project’s steady progress indicates that the IAF’s ability to conduct aerial combat is more promising than ever.

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