The French company Thales is offering a lightweight, compact active array radar for India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), dubbed Tejas Mark-IA.
Thales radar is an advanced Fire Control Radar (FCR) designed for air-to-air superiority and strike missions, based on fully solid-state Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technology, enabling the radar to achieve long detection ranges, high mission reliability and multi-target tracking capabilities.
The firm recently completed its initial flight test. “It is therefore ready and able to adapt to the tight schedule imposed by the Mk1A LCA,” the company release says.
The tests conducted during summer 2017 at the Cazaux air base in France, on a test bench aircraft, focused on metrological analyses of the radar performance. These test flights proved that the radar is fully operational and perfectly corresponds to the specific requirements of HAL for its combat and air superiority missions.
The Thales radar is compliant with the requirement and provides simultaneous modes of operation supporting multi-mission capabilities for air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea operation modes, and weapon deployment.
In December 2016, Indian state-owned military aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) floated global bids to procure around 100 state-of-the-art active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for an improved variant of Tejas. The estimated contract value is $1.85 billion.
The Indian Air Force intends to induct a total of 123 Tejas Mark-IA aircraft.
Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Agra, a wing of Indias Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has transferred technology to manufacture brake parachutes for Indias home-made fighter jet, LCA Tejas to Ordnance Parachute Factory (OPF), Kanpur. The documents pertaining to the technology were handed over in a function held on 20 July 2017, according to DRDO information
Indias Light combat aircraft Tejas today has test-fired an air-to-air missile having beyond visual range capabilities (BVR). The missile test would pay the way for empowering the locally developed aircraft with the missiles
The first Prototype of Indias Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas Mk2 version is slated for built during 2018-19, while series production(s) are planned for Inducting to fleet which is stated to be taken up in two phases commencing from 2020 onwards. “Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a principal partner in design, development, manufacturing, integration and flight testing of LCA
India is likely to float a tender for the acquisition of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for its new fleet of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A in the coming weeks. An expression of interest for a new set of AESA for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A is set to be floated shortly, with top global aviation firms expected to participate
Thales has bought European SIM manufacturer Gemalto bettering 46-euro share bid by another French firm Atos. The aerospace giant paid 51 euros ($60) a share for Gemalto, a premium of 57 percent over the closing price on December 8, Thales said in a statement Sunday
The Indian Air Force Southern Command Chief undertook a solo flight of 30 minutes of the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas Tuesday. The CMD-HAL, T Suvarna Raju thanked Air Marshal RKS Bhaduauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Air Command for ‘reposing the faith in the aircraft, HAL said in a statement Tuesday
Thales plans to establish a dedicated United Arab Emirates Defence Service Centre in Abu Dhabi to provide training and transfer of knowledge to UAE Armed Forces. The new Service Centre will serve all divisions of the UAE Armed Forces and will span across the entire Thales portfolio of solutions
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) of India has set up a second production line to increase the yearly production of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas aircraft from the current 8 per year to 16 per year. To achieve this aim, HAL has decided to outsource about 70% of production work to 85 Indian companies
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