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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is poised to bolster its surveillance and defense capabilities with the acquisition of new high-power radars and close-in weapon systems from Larsen and Toubro (L&T). With deals worth approximately Rs 13,000 crore approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security.

Initially shrouded in ambiguity regarding the origin of the high-power radar, recent developments indicate that L&T’s High Power Radar (HPR) will be a licensed variant of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta-developed ELM-2084 MMR. This advanced radar system, equipped with 3D Multi-beam Operation by Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) technology, offers unparalleled capabilities in aerial surveillance and threat detection.

The ELM-2084 MMR, renowned for its concurrent 360-degree azimuth coverage and Integrated Friend or Foe (IFF) system, enables continuous tracing and seamless tracking of airborne targets across various operational environments. Designed to detect a wide range of aerial threats, including low Radar Cross Section platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), tactical aerial weapons, loitering munitions, cruise missiles, and Tactical Ballistic Missiles (TBM), the HPR serves as a critical asset in India’s air defense arsenal.

One of the key features of the HPR is its ability to detect and track Rockets, Artillery, and Mortars (RAM), providing invaluable situational awareness and early warning capabilities to military commanders on the ground. This comprehensive threat detection capability enhances the IAF’s ability to neutralize airborne and surface-based threats effectively, safeguarding critical assets and personnel from potential attacks.