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IAF Jaguar DARIN-III Flies With New AESA Radar

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  1. Gessler

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    BENGALURU: Test pilots at defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) flew for the first time an upgraded Jaguar fighter aircraft fitted with an AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar.

    The Jaguar Darin III, which HAL is upgrading for the Indian Air Force (IAF), will now boast of the state-of-the-art AESA radar and improved features like multi target tracking frequency agility, higher bandwidth of operation, interleaved modes of operation, higher accuracies and resolution.

    HAL and Israeli firm ELTA, whose radar the defence PSU has fitted the Jaguar with, had completed the ground trials in February. Apart from the AESA radar, the aircraft will also be equipped with 28 new sensors, among other things.

    With all the new features, the Jaguar Darin III is expected to serve the IAF for at least another decade. The IAF, which has been struggling to keep up its fighter plane strength at the desired level was satisfied with the initial upgrade plan and the aircraft had received the IOC (initial operational clearance) in November 2016.

    "The upgrade incorporates new state-of-the-art avionics architecture including the Open System Architecture Mission Computer (OSAMC), Engine and Flight Instrument System (EFIS), Fire Control Radar, Inertial Navigation System with GPS and Geodetic height correction, etc," HAL said.

    It added that the plane will also boast of Solid State Digital Video Recording System (SSDVRS), Solid State Flight Data Recorder (SSFDR), Smart Multi-Function Display (SMD), Radio Altimeter with 20,000 ft range, Autopilot with Alt Select and Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF).

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-with-advanced-radar/articleshow/60005106.cms

    @randomradio @vstol jockey @Abingdonboy @PARIKRAMA @Agent_47 @Hellfire

    Finally, AESA fire-control radars on combat aircraft are here for IAF - although it'll be a while before it enters service (could be around the same time as Rafales arrive).

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    First AESA.. ...in IAF inventory... Good
     
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    All IS, IB and IM variants will be upgraded to the same DARIN 3 standard?
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Nope only 69 post 2000 airframes.
     
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    GuardianRED Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    69 of which variants will be upgraded to DARIN 3 , that is my Qs :)

    We do know that this current frame that flew with the AESA is an IM variant
     
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    NKVD 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Finally Hoping To see LCA MK1A AESA Upgrade
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Rather ironic, that the first AESA in Indian forces will be fitted on a 3rd gen strike fighter, with no long range weapons. But then again, this is Indian defence procurement we are talking about, so sense have not much meaning.
     
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    i think its 2nd in IAF inventory.
    IAF phalcon have ELTA EL/W-2090...
     
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    Yes quite strange ... the Harpoon with 124km range isn't a long range weapon system
     
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    New radar will give higher detection range , which also gives ability to defend against enemy jets by providing more response time.
    isn't it?
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Which were integrated ONLY in the IM and all had a radar already, so that has nothing to do with this upgrade.

    No, because it doesn't have BVR missiles, so any Jag with AESA requires dedictated escorts, like upgraded Mig 29, upgraded Mirage 2000 or LCA MK1, ALL equipped with pulse doppler radars.
    Moreover, the size of the Jaguar radar will be small, due to the small nose diameter. So even the pulse doppler radars of the mentioned escort fighters, can have similar or superior range.
    Having a PESA radar in the older Rafales, didn't gave it advantages over competitors with larger pulse doppler radars either.
     
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    Isn't all IM being upgraded to DARIN 3 standards??? and still asking .... isn't the Harpoon a long strange weapon?
     
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    1. EL/M-2052 for Jaguar DARIN3
    fetures:
    > 1500 + T/R modules (the F-22's has 2000)
    > ridiculously high tracking capability of 64 targets
    > In air-to-sea mode, it can acquire and track surface targets up to 160 nm away
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread174590/pg1

    EL/M- 2032 Tejas MK1
    Specifications
    • Weights: Max Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
    • Performance: Max Range 150 km (81 nm)
    • Range 100km(5m2 size plane)
    Phazotron Zhuk-ME which is capable of tracking ten targets to a maximum range of 245km for MIG-29upg
    http://indian-defense-news.blogspot.in/2011/04/mig-29upg-new-strike-fighter-for-indian.html


    Mirage-2000UPG
    All the figures above are official figures except the RDY-2 figures.
    RDY-2 Radar for 5m2 target
    Max Detection range: 105km
    Max track: 80 km
    Max Lockon Range: ?
    Max targets tracked: 8
    Max targets engaged: 4


    after present upgrade ( DARIN3) it can help other jets like mirage 2000, mig-29upg or tejas mk1 because of higher detection and tracking range. But can't help su-30mki for the same :lol:.
    But can protect itself by enemy fighters just by aborting mission or changing flight path after detecting any enemy threat in hostile territory (for standalone missions).:yu:
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    The IM is just 1 squadron of 10 to 12 fighters as far as I remember and as said already has radar, to which the few Harpoons that we bought were integrated. But they are only for the maritime attack role, while the land attack versions of the Jag, have neither Harpoon, nor any use of it. So when you don't have BVR or long range attack A2G missiles, there is not much use with AESA.
     
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    Sancho Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Not really, only because an OEM gives a general figure, it doesn't mean that it would apply to all fighters. The EL 2052 is offered for the Kfir, KAI T50, or LCA and none of them comes even close to that figure. To fit 1500 modules, you need to have a nose diameter of an EF or even heavy class fighters.
     

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