DRDO’s Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) has been given clearance from the Indian air force to develop a scaled-up version of the Uttam AESA Fire control Radar after being satisfied with the performance of the radar board Tejas FTB (Flying Testbed) as per the report in the ” Delhi Defence Review “

New Uttam AESA radar with a higher transmit and receive (TR) module backed by a more powerful power supply to take advantage of the large nose cone in the aircraft to give impressive track and search range. IAF plans to depute two Su-30MKI aircraft that will be used to carry out development trials from 2024 onwards with other indigenous weapons systems as part of the Super Sukhoi upgrade program.

The Su-30MKI fleet will also be getting a more powerful HAL-designed digital flight control computer (DFCC) with higher computing power to help in the integration of more Indigenous and western developed weapons systems. Indigenous Uttam AESA Radar will only help further in the integration of futuristic weapons like a hypersonic cruise missile and other air-to-surface weapons that are under development in the country.

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