The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has concluded all ground-based trials of the new Active electronically scanned array (AESA) Maritime Radar to be used as a maritime surveillance airborne radar system for search and rescue missions on the proposed Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMMA) aircraft that will be based on Airbus Defence & Space C295 tactical transporter.

DRDO’s A319 Flying Testbed ” Anusandhan ” will be used to test most of the airborne developmental flight trials of the new AESA Maritime Patrol Radar that will have maritime surveillance, pollution surveillance, and search and rescue capabilities. The DRDO’s C295 AEW&C concept remains in the initial planning stages since the C295 acquisition that has been in the works for half a decade is still to be concluded.

New AESA Maritime Radar under development is an improved and upgraded radar that was seen in Embraer EMB-145 AEW&C Netra aircraft that In addition to the standard air to sea surface search modes, can be also be used in air-to-air mode to detect and track aerial targets.

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