An Electronic Warfare (EW) suite developed by the state owned Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), flew for the first time onboard the “Tejas-PV1 Light Combat Aircraft” today at Bengaluru.
In addition to the Radar Warner, the EW suite is equipped with a jammer. It gives to the pilot an additional capability of nullifying the effect of detected Radar threat by appropriate mode of jamming.
Existing EW systems fitted on various combat aircraft are basic EW equipment known as Radar Warner Receiver to provide warning to the aircraft pilot in case of detection of a Radar threat.
After obtaining certification, the first flight sortie of LCA PV1 with the EW equipment operational, took place today. The equipment was noted to be detecting Radar signals operating in and around the flight path.
The DRDO chief Dr. Avinash Chander, said, “this warfare suite adds an important capability to our LCA”.
Ms. J Manjula, Director DARE said “LCA is the first fighter aircraft of India fitted with a Radar Warner and Jammer equipment with capability for both Radar warning and jamming using a Unified EW Technology. Over the coming few months, we will be scheduling further sorties to evaluate the system in various signal scenarios”.