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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

HAL Chairman R Madhavan has said that HAL proposed the ” Indigenous Upgrade Programme for the Su-30MKI aircraft to the Indian Air Force and has been pursuing with Air HQ for the project Go-Ahead”. HAL is looking to overhaul and upgrade 200 Sukhoi-30MKI with a Super Sukhoi upgrade package that will contain more Indian systems and subsystems in the aircraft.

Super Sukhoi upgrade will not only see major upgrades to its Avionics, Radars, Upgraded Cockpit layout, and Electronic Warfare Jammers but also will be equipped with more Indian made weapons like Astra Mk1 BVR-AAMs, SAAW, ITCMR, and BrahMos-NG. 

Some of the Major Indigenous upgrades Proposed

Scaled Uttam AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR): LRDE developed Uttam AESA Fire Control Radar (FCR) for Tejas Mk2 Program has been cleared to be upscaled for the Radome that can house a bigger Antenna with more solid-state transmit/receive module (TRM) for which a feasibility study has been completed that has been accepted by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Infrared search and track technology (IRST): Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has been tasked to develop an IRST system that will be superior to the current OLS-30 in terms of range, precision, and reliability for the Super Sukhoi program.

Upgraded Cockpit: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is in charge of developing an Upgraded Cockpit that now features, Two 230mmx305mm high-resolution LCDs with a multifunction control panel with a wide 20°x30° field of view head-up display that brings it at par with the Cockpit of the Sukhoi Su-35. “The heart of the cockpit upgrade, however, is a new Artificial Intelligence system which with Voice Activated Controller System (VACS), will be able to understand verbal commands with 98% speech recognition accuracy for an Indian accent.

New Digital Flight Control Computer (DFCC): HAL will be replacing the present indigenous Mission Computer onboard Su-30MKI with an upgraded DFCC that will have a significantly higher processing power

and many more advanced capabilities in the FCS.

Advanced Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ): Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) is developing that will be replacing Russian and Israeli Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ) pods are a standard fit on the SU-30MKI.

Indigenous Air to Air Weapons: Sukhoi-30 already has started receiving Astra Mk1 Air to Air missile and currently it has been prepped for the Astra Mk2 that will be replacing both R-27 and R77 Medium-Long ranged Air to Air missile of Russian origins in the entire fleet. India is also planning to equip Astra with IR seeker and in the future Astra Mk3 Air to Air missiles on the entire Su-30Mki fleet when they’re available.

Other smaller but significant Indigenous upgrades Proposed

Upgraded VOR/ILS

GPS Splitter

Flight Data Transfer Unit

Software Defined Radio (SDR)

Indigenous DMG

Enhanced FDR

Aviation Clock

IFF CIT

Integrated stand by Instrument system

Blanking Unit

Digital HUD

HMDS

Advanced TACAN

HUMS

Modified INGPS

Upgraded Radio Altimeter

An advanced Weapons control system

Enhanced EW suite

Indigenous SSDVRS

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