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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to enhance its Mig-29UPG fleet with the latest modular, multi-band, and multi-channel BNET SDR (Software Defined Radio) system, marking a significant technological leap. Orders worth 96 crores have been placed by the IAF for the supply of SDR kits and testers to facilitate the upgrade, and the contract has been awarded to Astra Rafael Comsys Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture between India’s Astra Microwave Products Limited and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

The IAF has embarked on a comprehensive program to equip its older generation fighter jets with the cutting-edge BNET – AR (Airborne) system, which has already proven its capabilities. Recent integrations have included the Mig-21 fleet, Su-30MKI fleet, and LCA-Tejas fleet.

BNET – AR stands out as a modular multiband SDR designed specifically for airborne platforms. One of its key strengths lies in its ability to simultaneously receive and process a wide range of frequencies, merging them into a single IP network. This technological prowess results in unprecedented network capacity in terms of data rates, the number of users, and minimal signal delay.

One of BNET’s most remarkable features is its cognitive management of scarce spectrum resources, ensuring efficient spectrum utilization and providing seamless integration with minimal planning. It boasts a highly advanced, SCA (Software Communication Architecture) compliant radio platform that supports user-defined and custom waveforms.

Key Benefits of BNET – AR:

  1. Multi-Band, IP-Based Software Defined Radio
  2. Multi-Channel Reception in MANET (Mobile Ad-Hoc Network) Waveform
  3. Ultra-High Capacity
  4. High-Speed Communication with Low Delay
  5. High Scalability, Supporting Over 1000 Users
  6. High Level of Integration
  7. Compliant with Software Communication Architecture (SCA) 2.2.2

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