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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is giving its Su-30MKI fighter jets a significant electronic warfare (EW) boost by replacing outdated hardware on the Russian-supplied SAP-518 pods with cutting-edge indigenous technology. This move marks a crucial step towards self-reliance in critical defense systems and enhances the IAF’s ability to counter modern radar threats.

For years, the IAF relied on the SAP-518 pods, primarily designed to jam older radars, for self-protection. However, their limited capabilities and incompatibility with modern AESA radars made them increasingly ineffective. Recognizing this, the IAF partnered with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop a game-changing solution.

Enter the Indigenous Upgrade:

The IAF has begun testing completely indigenously designed modular EW building blocks and associated software for the SAP-518 pods. These advanced blocks are far superior to the existing systems, boasting the ability to:

  • Spoof and jam next-generation AESA radars: This crucial capability significantly enhances the Su-30MKI’s survivability against advanced radar threats.
  • Offer greater flexibility and customization: The modular design allows for easy integration of future upgrades and adaptation to evolving threats.
  • Reduce dependence on foreign technology: By developing its own EW systems, the IAF strengthens its strategic autonomy and reduces vulnerability to foreign supply chain disruptions.

In-Flight Testing and Validation:

The IAF is currently conducting rigorous in-flight testing and validation of the upgraded pods. This crucial phase ensures the new systems perform effectively and seamlessly integrate with the Su-30MKI’s existing avionics.

DRDO’s has developed the even more advanced Advanced Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ) pod specifically for the Su-30MKI and LCA-Tejas fighter jets. The ASPJ pod boasts even more sophisticated jamming capabilities, offering the IAF a future-proof solution against advanced radar threats.

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