SOURCE: Anand SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Indian Government has decided to invite tenders from Global Defence companies on possible supply of Advance Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) to be equipped on 83 Upgraded LCA-Tejas MK-1A, which India plans to manufacture from 2020 onwards for operations with Indian Air force .
Major U.S. defence contractor Raytheon has shown interest in responding to Indian tender and is open to offering its sophisticated Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) AESA radar capable of tracking targets in the air and on the ground for India’s LCA-Tejas fighter jet fleet.
RACR will challenge ELTA’s ELM-2052 AESA which was seen has a Hot favourite to be selected by India to be equipped on MK-1A . RACR has 90 % commonality with existing combat proven AESA developed by Raytheon and is a repackaging of the APG-79 and APG-82 AESA radars designed for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-15E Strike Eagle for smaller fighter jets like F-16s and LCA-Tejas.
Raytheon claims RACR Aesa is using electronics to steer radar waves, giving them far more flexibility than previous technology based on moving transmitters. RACR Aesa is Designed for “plug and play” installation and provides Cost efficiencies due to an active production line.
Raytheon in 2014 secured orders for Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) from Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) to upgrade its upgrade 134 F-16C/Ds with first deliveries already commenced . RACR AESA is already cleared for Export by US Government and has all necessary permission from other agencies but the level of transfer of such technology would depend totally on negotiations between the Indian and US governments if India is looking for Transfer of Technology (TOT).
India plans to use AESA Radar which it will select for LCA-Tejas MK-1A to be also be used on Jaguar Darin-III upgraded Strike combat jets along with the possibility of them also been used on Dassault Mirage-2000s which combined orders requirement over 250 , India’s AESA Radar tender requirements might see a Global response from other Defence contractors .