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HAL Delivers ‘IFF-1410’ System to Navy for P-81 Aircraft, Implements New Procedures for Transparency with Vendors
India’s premier aeronautic laboratory, the state-run Hindustan Aeronauts Limited (HAL) has delivered the first homegrown production unit of Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF-1410) transponder for the Indian Navy’s Boeing P-8I reconnaissance aircraft. The IFF-1410 transponder which is designed, developed and produced by HAL has been handed over to the Indian Navy and will be integrated into the P-81 Poseidon aircraft.
DRDO Surges Ahead With 2nd Phase of AEW&CS, Plans to Integrate AESA Radar on Tejas Mark 2 as Well
The state-run Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) have received sanctions to pursue the second phase of AEW&CS (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) programme. In a recent report, DRDO Chief Dr.VK Saraswat has stated that the project will be called AEW&CS India and the requisite sanctions have been granted for the same. Besides, the homegrown AESA radar will also be integrated into the Tejas Mark II LCA.
Post MMRCA, French Firms Stand Tall in the Indian Defence Market
With the selection of the Dassault Aviation’s Rafale combat aircraft in the biggest defence deal worth roughly $ 11 billion for Indian Air force (IAF), the French firm Thales also stands to gain a substantial chunk of the deal. French firm Thales will stand to gain 25 percent of the value of the MMRCA contract since it will supply the active electronic array radar and onboard electronics. Besides the MMRCA, the Mirage fighters upgrade deal will also involve French giants Dassault and Thales besides European consortium MBDA.
India Invests In Radars for Greater Surveillance Capability of Armed Forces
The Indian Armed Forces are expected to induct radars worth over $ 8.5 billion in the next decade as a host of defence public sector units as well as local and international private sector contribute to its growing demand. According to Director (R&D) of state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Mr. I.V. Sharma, the current phase is the golden age for radars in India as various indigenous developmental projects for radars and associated equipment as well as international acquisitions are taking place.
Raytheon to Offer Missile to IAF and Radars to Boost Surveillance and Reconnaissance
The US defence giant Raytheon has revealed that it has received a Request for Information (RFI) for High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) missile and two additional RFIs for airborne surveillance and reconnaissance radars from India. While Raytheon has responded with a letter of interest for the RFIs, the detailed specifications are still to be determined.
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