SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Five Ex-Air India Airbus A319 and A321 that were handed over to the Indian Air force after going through major maintenance were seen at the Hindan Air Force Station. IAF received Two A321 last month and after the conclusion of talks with the Airbus, it will soon be ferried to the Lagardère facility in Toulouse, France where it will undergo structural modifications so that Primary long-range multi-mode radar can be installed in a 10 mt composite dorsal unit that is designed by LRDE.
A319/321 will also get an additional Auxiliary Power Unit to power the radar systems. DRDO’s Bengaluru-based Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) is developing upgraded Primary and secondary radar for the system that will have enhanced detection and tracking range than its predecessor (Netra Mk1).
In the latest tender document issued by the DRDO more visible structural changes to the aircraft seems to be much more radical than what was originally planned. Changes visible are that the beyond-line-of-sight datalinks, satellite communication systems Radome have been moved behind and now it is close to the tail section and it seems plans to have multimode airborne Maritime surveillance Radar to act as an effective force-multiplier solution for operational missions in the maritime theater seems to have been dropped.
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