SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
After the Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared the design & development of the Airborne stand-off jammer program under the Make-I category of Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started the process of developing all the communication and radar jammers plus electronic support measures (ESM) equipment for the program and by mid-next year or end will place orders for six Bombardier Global 6000 long-range business jets for conversion into stand-off jamming platforms as part of the country’s Airborne stand-off jammer program.
idrw.org has been told that DRDO plans to use derivates of the surveillance and fire-control radars and feasibility studies of the program were accepted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) late last year and the program will be developed in close association with various DRDO affiliated labs that will be involved in the development of its sensor package.
Bombardier will be a subcontractor to the program since many countries have used this platform for the development of similar airborne jammers and it can be assumed that the basic conversion into special mission aircraft can be carried out by the company safely. While DRDO has not revealed the configuration of the proposed airborne jammer program but the configuration will likely feature a large canoe fairing beneath the fuselage that will house the transmit antennas required to jam radios and radars from stand-off range.
Other sensors will be incorporated into the fuselage along with communications equipment and wing-tip-mounted ESM pods. The rear fuselage might be enhanced to house additional sensor equipment.
India already operates two Global 5000 fitted with an Israeli-developed SIGNIT system procured nearly 11 years ago that IAF operates with National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO).
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