SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
HAL has decided to stick with imported Israeli EL/M-2052 Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) Radar over Indigenous Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (AESAR) AESA Radar developed by LRDE to be used on 83 LCA-Tejas Mk 1A even though DRDO is trying to fast-track development of AESAR with the active partition of Private sector companies.
As per information coming from reliable sources close to idrw.org, HAL is set to announce a winner to the global tender which was floated by the company under which three vendors had responded with their AESA Radar technology, the contract is likely to go with ELTA which makes EL/M-2052 AESA Radar with local assembly clause in the contract along with some level of transfer of technology.
AESAR AESA Radar developed by LRDE is presently going through integration trials with an LCA-Tejas aircraft and is set to perform its first flight by end of this year or early next year but HAL believes it will take few more years before Radar clears all developmental trials and enters production and to meet tight timeline of LCA-Tejas Mk 1A development, imported EL/M-2052 AESA Radar was selected.
DRDO’s LRDE already has developed three pre-prototype of the AESAR AESA Radar and is currently planning to increase the numbers of units to fast-track its developmental. LRDE also has started development of an upscaled variant of AESAR AESA Radar which will be used on Tejas MK-2.
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