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India’s defense research agency, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is making strides in aerial surveillance with the development of a high-resolution radar for Dornier-228 aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under license.

This X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) utilizes microwave technology to deliver real-time intelligence to decision-makers. Its all-weather and day-night operation capabilities make it a valuable asset for various missions.

The SAR system excels at pinpointing both stationary and moving targets, providing crucial data for effective mission planning and target engagement. Additionally, its mapping capabilities can be vital for generating detailed terrain information.

The SAR system is designed for seamless integration with the Dornier-228. With a weight of approximately 230 kg, it encompasses the antenna (mounted beneath the fuselage), data processing and transfer units, cooling systems, and GPS for precise positioning.

The integration of this radar onto a Dornier-228 aircraft serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it allows for comprehensive evaluation and validation of the system’s performance in an airborne environment. Secondly, successful flight testing paves the way for retrofitting a designated number of Dornier aircraft with this advanced SAR technology.

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