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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is gearing up to equip the LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jets with the indigenously developed Uttam AESA Fire Control Radar. While orders for the Tejas Mk1A are expected to be placed later this year, the actual integration of the Uttam radar will begin from the 41st aircraft onwards, with deliveries starting in 2026. The initial 40 jets will utilize the Israeli ELTA ELM-2052 AESA radar.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Uttam AESA radar boasts superior performance compared to the ELM-2052. This indigenous system has undergone rigorous testing, including over 125 successful flight tests on Tejas prototypes.

It has successfully undergone rigorous testing, paving the way for its integration into the Tejas Mk1A program. Production of the Uttam AESA radar is expected to ramp up by 2026, coinciding with the delivery of Tejas Mk1A variants equipped with this advanced system.

The incorporation of the Uttam AESA radar marks a significant milestone for India’s defence indigenization efforts. It equips the Tejas Mk1A with a state-of-the-art, domestically produced radar, enhancing its combat effectiveness and reducing reliance on foreign suppliers. This successful integration positions the Uttam AESA radar as a potential mainstay for future Indian fighter jets.

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