SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Indian state-owned defence company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is testing a new mission computer for its Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K/KUB carrier-borne fighters. The mission computer significantly improves the flexibility of Indian naval forces by combining domestically developed and Western-designed weapons with Soviet-era MiG-29K jets.
Earlier MiG-29K/KUB could only carry weapons developed by Russia, that limited array of tasks on air-to-air and air-to-surface missions. testing of the new mission computer began in June and it could take about six to eight months for the trials to be concluded.
A source familiar with the project told that Russia had declined to upgrade the mission computer or provide the source code to HAL.
idrw.org has been told the new mission computer developed for the MiG-29K/KUB carrier-borne fighters is a derivate that was developed for the Tejas MkII Program. Astra Mk1, ASRAAM Air to Air missiles and Rudram family of Air to Surface missiles are some of the weapons that will be first to be integrated into the aircraft after integration of locally made mission computer.
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