SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The AMCA program heralded as a cornerstone of India’s futuristic air dominance capabilities, is set to receive a locally designed and developed Radar nose cone. This crucial component is poised to incorporate stealth technology or low observability features, ensuring that the aircraft maintains a minimal radar cross-section (RCS) to evade detection and interception by adversaries.
A pivotal aspect of the Radar nose cone’s development is the integration of advanced materials and coatings that contribute to RCS reduction. A specially formulated radar-absorbent material (RAM) coating has been meticulously crafted to absorb electromagnetic waves across a wide spectrum of frequencies, without interfering with the primary radar’s frequency.
The efforts invested in the development of the Radar nose cone for the AMCA program have far-reaching implications that extend beyond this ambitious endeavor. The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the organization spearheading the AMCA program, is set to capitalize on the technological advancements achieved during this process. The expertise gained from the development of the Radar nose cone will be harnessed for the Tejas Mk1A and Tejas Mk2 programs.
The Tejas Mk1A, a formidable light combat aircraft, has thus far featured a quartz nose cone developed by the British Cobham Aerospace Company. However, recent developments have highlighted the importance of complete self-reliance, prompting India to transition towards locally developed components to eliminate dependencies. The Radar nose cone technology breakthrough, achieved through the AMCA program, now paves the way for the indigenous development of the Tejas Mk1A’s nose cone, ensuring a robust and self-sufficient supply chain for this critical aircraft.
Looking ahead, the Tejas Mk2 program, currently in the fabrication stage, is set to reap the benefits of India’s technological prowess. Private sector companies within India are poised to play a pivotal role in this endeavor, as they collaborate with ADA to facilitate the transfer of technology and the local manufacturing of the Radar nose cone.
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