The Combat Aircraft Systems Development and Integration Centre (CASDIC) which is one of the R&D Centre set up under the Defence Research and Development Organisation is carrying out feasibility studies for the integration of an electronic warfare suite on the Su-30 aircraft that is considered the first step toward the development of the Airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft.

Airborne electronic attack (AEA) platforms are capable of disrupting, deceiving, or denying a broad range of military electronic systems including radars and communications. Su-30 aircraft will retain all of the multi-mission capabilities with its validated design and the capability to perform a wide range of enemy defense suppression missions.

Su-30 Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft will be carrying tactical jamming pods, Communication Countermeasures Set, Electronic Warfare (EW) receiver suite, satellite communications, and a high-performance SIGINT sensor system. IAF and DRDO from 2021 have been working out the technical requirements of the AEA platform and now it has moved feasibility study stage.

EA-18G Growler and J-16D are electronic-warfare versions of the F-18 E/F and J-16 (Sukhoi Su-27) multi-role strike fighters developed by Boeing and Shenyang Aircraft Corp that can be used to jam the enemy air-defense radars and deceive radars into detecting a large number of incoming warplanes or masking a large airborne fleet.

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