SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
AESA-equipped Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar DARIN III fighter jet carried out its first flight today successfully. Israeli ELM-2052 AESA radar equipped on DARIN III Jaguar fighter jets makes it first fighter jet which comes with Next Generation new age active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar in present Indian Air Force fleet.
ELM-2052 AESA radar is also leading the race to be also be equipped with HAL’s LCA-Tejas MK-1A Upgraded fighter jet which will make its first flight by end of 2019. India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) developed Uttam AESA radar is currently going through Integration in older LCA-Tejas MK1 aircraft to begin its developmental trials and might be equipped with Tejas MK 2 and Mig-29K.
Scaleable Uttam AESA radar will also make its way into India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program until then Israeli supplied ELM-2052 AESA radar will be dominating Indian Air Force fleet.
ELM-2052 is an advanced Fire Control Radar (FCR) designed for air-to-air superiority and strike missions, based on fully solid-state Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technology, enabling the radar to achieve long detection ranges, high mission reliability and multi-target tracking capabilities.
The ELM-2052 radar provides simultaneous modes of operation supporting multi-mission capabilities for air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea operation modes, and weapon deployment.
In the air-to-air mode, the radar delivers very long-range multi target detection and enables several simultaneous weapon deliveries in combat engagements.
In air-to-ground missions, the radar provides very high-resolution SAR mapping, the surface moving target detection and tracking over RBM and SAR maps in addition to A/G ranging.
In air-to-sea missions, the radar provides long-range target detection and tracking, including target classification capabilities (RS, ISAR).
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