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SAAB OFFERS WORLD CLASS SENSOR PACKAGE FOR INDIAN TEJAS LCA

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Agent_47, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

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    "Defence and security company Saab offers a fighter sensor package for the Indian Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter aircraft. The package consist of a state-of-the-art Saab AESA fighter radar closely integrated with a compact electronic warfare suite using Gallium Nitride based AESA technology.

    Saab, in partnership with Indian industry, offers a solution that will bring the required Airborne Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Fighter radar and Electronic warfare capability to India and the Indian Air Force. Thanks to our extensive technology development Saab can offer the latest technology, on time for the LCA Mk 1A needs, at low risk.

    The AESA fighter radar is developed by Saab with antenna technology based on the latest technologies using Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicone Carbide (SiC) substrates in combination with the latest generation of exciter/receiver and processor technology, giving optimum installed performance in a dense signal environment.

    The radar has a complete mode suite which includes air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea capabilities. A built-in memory provides a tool to record a large amount of data from performed flights. Integration in the LCA Mk1A fighter aircraft is enabled by the limited space, power and cooling required.

    The EW suite consists of sensors and transmitters developed by Saab and is a highly capable and extremely compact solution that provides essential situational awareness and self-protection. The heart of the suite is an alectronic warfare receiver which is connected to a front end receiver and fin tip antennas inside the aircraft. Included is also an external AESA jammer pod.

    The radar warning system is based on ultra-wideband digital receivers and has very high probability of intercept, very good sensitivity and very high selectivity for handling the complex signal environment of today.

    The AESA jammer pod is small in size, low on weight and drag. Self-protection is based on Wideband Digital RF Memory (DRFM) that provides advanced jamming techniques and arbitrary combination of jamming waveforms. Transmission is performed by using GaN-based AESA:s. The EW suite also includes ground support systems and recording capability for advanced mission planning and post flight analysis.

    Saab’s solutions are based on the latest state-of-the-art technologies and COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) available. The AESA fighter radar and electronic warfare units have no ITAR-restricted (Internationally Traffic in Arms Regulations) components, due to the high degree of Saab in-house developed and manufactured building blocks. Using contemporary technology provides the adaptability and growth potential needed to stay ahead. Technologies are re-used between variants and platforms in order to minimize Life Cycle Cost (LCC).

    “In our partnership, the transfer of technology will secure an indigenous Indian capability for series production, maintenance, repair and overhaul capability. Testing and development of the fighter sensor package will have synergies with the systems developed for Gripen,” says Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance.

    Saab has a proven background in tailoring systems to customer needs. This brings extensive experience from having open relations with customers when adapting advanced systems to new platforms.

    “Saab is a world leading company in the sensor area and has equipped some 4500 fighter aircraft with radar and electronic warfare systems. This has given us wide experience of successful sensor system integration, testing, and evaluation of radar and EW systems on fighter aircraft,” says Anders Carp."

    http://saabgroup.com/Media/news-pre...ld-class-sensor-package-for-indian-tejas-lca/

    This is two months old PR from Saab website. I think we have overlooked the significance of the offering.

    They are offering GaN based main radar and EW suite with local production/tot !. They even specifiy that it have no restrictions.

    I don't think even Israelis can match this. This will make LCA mk1A leatal beyond actually planned.

    @Sancho @vstol jockey @PARIKRAMA @Gessler @randomradio
     
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  2. A_poster

    A_poster Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Have they given up on Gripen for India?
     
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  3. halloweene

    halloweene Major MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    GaN mounted ob SiC sin't a sensible solution. Very sexy certainly, but not more efficient than GaAs. To use full power of GaN one will need GaN on diamond due to heat diszsipation issues.
     
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    zebra7 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Only wasted some money on the Paid news articles and propaganda.

    BTW did they have this GAN based radar on their Gripen NG at present.
     
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    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

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    But the offering itself is significant. Even Raven on Gripen E is not GaN.

    Downside like cost and imature tech are obvious. This will surely make Israelis nervous. End of the day LCA is the winner.

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  6. Picdelamirand-oil

    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Did they have an operational AESA radar for fighter? Even without GaN?
     
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    maybe we can finally offer something to the Israelis. Is this going to be only for India's use or do you think they will allow India to export it?
     
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    Why? Does Dassult had one when offered part of MMRCA?
     
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    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    It didn't claim that it can deliver a GaN AESA Radar at this time.
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Isn't Uttam the designated AESA for LCA? Why are we allowing these companies to continuously pitch to us? Once you decide on a route, for better or for worse just stick to it.
     
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    UTTAM is having a competition with Elta 2052. It is derived from the E-2032 I believe. Saab's AESA is not operational and the GaN won't be developed till 2020. That's when the delivery of MK1A starts. No way it can be part of that package.
     
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    I think we can export according to RFI.

    There is no competition. It's import with tot.

    UTTAM is not ready yet, 1-2 more years for certification.
     
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    randomradio Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Of course not. Once DPP is released, they will announce the tender.

    GaN on Diamond is irrelevant unless someone brings it to the competition.

    But GaN on SiC is still far superior to GaAs. Ultimately it depends on the alternate cooling available within LCA's small frame, so the overall design counts more. A competitor may bring GaN on diamond, but an inferior overall radar design for LCA, so the technology maturity will matter a lot. And Saab has interest in developing technologies that can fit inside small aircraft, most other competitors don't have this advantage. Anyway, nobody is expecting LCA to be the best or anything.

    The LCA tender allows the further development and maturation of new GaN technologies for the competitors. So it is up to them to offer the best that they can.
     
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    It can't be. UTTAM is still under development.

    If ELTA was a winner that will also go on Jags and Mig's. It will kill the UTTAM program completely. Also the DRDO chief said that UTTAM is the choice. I know HAL disputed that claim but I think we know who will win here.

    Currently under the scanner for defence deals, I think UTTAM will be the choice. But Elta compared to UTTAM in its current form is definitely superior.
     
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    No need to guess work. This offering is to a RFI by HAL.
     
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