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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is at the forefront of upgrading India’s Su-30MKI fleet with the “Super-30” upgrade configuration. In a recent development, HAL’s Chairman and Managing Director, CB Ananthakrishnan, has confirmed that discussions with the Indian Air Force (IAF) regarding the upgrade are nearing finalization. The “Super-30” upgrade holds the promise of transforming the Su-30MKI aircraft with an array of advanced systems and equipment, many of which will be sourced locally. HAL’s self-reliant approach and confidence in executing this program without Russian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are paving the way for a significant advancement in India’s defense capabilities.
Key Elements of the “Super-30” Upgrade: The “Super-30” upgrade program for India’s Su-30MKI fleet entails a comprehensive overhaul that encompasses various vital systems and equipment. Key highlights of the upgrade include:
- Indigenous Technology: HAL is determined to execute the “Super-30” program without relying on Russian OEMs. Instead, the company is placing its faith in Indian Public-Private Defense sector companies. This commitment reflects India’s aspiration for self-reliance and a boost to its domestic defense industry.
- Equipment Replacement: A critical aspect of the program is the replacement of approximately 51 Israeli-Russian equipment onboard the Su-30MKI aircraft. These components will be substituted with locally manufactured equipment and systems.
- Advanced AESA Radar: The “Super-30” upgrade aims to equip the Su-30s with the indigenous Uttam active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The AESA radar provides superior target detection and tracking capabilities, enhancing the aircraft’s situational awareness and combat effectiveness.
- Electronic Warfare Suites: Upgrading the electronic warfare suites is an integral part of the program, enabling the Su-30MKI to counter and neutralize electronic threats effectively.
- Weapon Control Systems: The new weapon control systems will ensure that the aircraft can integrate and deploy a wider range of advanced weaponry, enhancing its operational versatility.
- Avionics Advancements: The upgrade will introduce cutting-edge avionics that enhance communication, navigation, and mission capabilities, aligning the Su-30MKI with modern combat requirements.
- New Weapons: The “Super-30” program will enable the Su-30MKI to employ new and advanced weapons systems, providing the IAF with enhanced offensive and defensive capabilities.
The “Super-30” upgrade for India’s Su-30MKI fleet represents a significant leap forward in enhancing the combat capabilities of these aircraft.
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