the upgraded Jaguar IS will likely be equipped with two pod-mounted sensors: the 196kg EL/M-20600 radar targetting pod (RTP) from Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) ELTA Systems Division, and RAFAEL Advanced Defence Systems’ Litening-3SU laser designator pod. IAF Jaguar upgrade - PSK
The above is dated 2011.
The below is dated October 2013 Airborne EW - PSK
To SACHIN SATHE: That news report is erroneous, because it blindly assumes that just because one of the OEM contenders has given a technical presentation to the IAF, therefore the IAF is negotiating only with that OEM. Furthermore, the reqmt is for a total of 9 Bombardier 5000 platforms. Of these, four are meant for R & AW’s Aviation Research Centre & of these, two will be dedicated for border surveillance & recce & these will be equipped with ISAR suite, COMINT & SIGINT suites + a LOROP camera. These two platforms will replace the ARC’s Learjet 29s & Gulfstream G-3s. The other two Bombardier 5000s in civilian seating configuration will be used by the ARC for extraordinary renditions & special-mission VIP flights. Lastly, the IAF’s 5 Bombardier Global 5000s will be equipped with mission management/avionics suites similar to what will go on the two Bombardier 5000s of ARC, but they will also contain customised data-links to transmit the information in near-real-time to a network of ground receiving stations operated by the Indian Army. And again, contrary to what this ‘desi’ news-stringer has claimed about IACCCS, the IAF’s five ISTAR platforms will have nothing to do with IACCCS (why should they anyway, since IACCCS is all about airspace surveillance & not ground surveillance???), but instead they will be networked with the IA’s Project Sanjay Battlefield Surveillance System (BSS).
The decision to select the narrowbody EMB-145 for AEW & CS roles was wrong & instead the widebodied Bombardier 5000 should have been selected since it offers more internal volume to have replacement aircrews & mission management personnel & also has greater internal fuel capacity for staying aloft for six hours without aerial refueling, something the EMB-145I cannot. Furthermore, the LRDE has admitted defeat in developing an indigenous ISAR (there’s no word about it at all in the MoD’s 2012 annual report) & therefore a version of the EL/M-2060P ISAR system is likely to be chosen by the IAF. This 200km-range radar will have a moving-target indicator (MTI) with a resolution of three metres and a target velocity between 5mph & 170mph. Electronic scanning enables it to cover nearly 8,000 square miles in 10 seconds.
Its very confusing to me. If this is being procured, what happened to the SIVA pod?
Ok. found out
A final little flourish from the unassuming DARE stand at Aero India is the SIVA pod, a development from the nineties that didn’t quite work out and was quietly abandoned. Recently, scientists dusted out from the corner of a DARE warehouse when a team of scientists suddenly realised they could help the people at BrahMos save a penny on testing the airborne seeker on the BrahMos-A.
With the new DRDL-led imaging and monopulse RF seeker (IMR, for a future variant of the BrahMos) fitted into the Siva pod in a matter of days (the DRDL had tendered out for the integration process), the pod was quickly slung onto a Su-30MKI and sent up for the required airborne tests. It was an immediate success, with BrahMos Corp. sending a special word of thanks to the DARE team. Without that flash of brilliance from DARE, BrahMos would have had to hot-step it to Russia or elsewhere to get a testbed. And the Siva pod would have forever remained a failed relic from DARE’s early days. Instead it is now a valuable, cheap test-bed for high-performance systems.
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