Thursday, January 8, 2009

DRDO completes upgrade of MiG-27 for IAF

India has successfully completed the upgrade programmes on the Indian Air Force's (IAF) MiG-27 ground attack fighter aircraft.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out the avionics upgrades on the fighter aircraft.

Initiated in 2002 through a tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and IAF, the upgraded MiG-27 aircraft obtained the Initial Operational Clearance in June 2006, which led to the subsequent formation of operational squadrons, DRDO officials said here today.

In the upgraded MiG-27s, the avionics system is built around a modular mission computer termed Core Avionics Computer (CAC).

"These functional modules are powering the mission computers on Jaguar and Su-30 MKI aircraft as well," sources said.

The upgraded ground attack fighters are equipped with Inertial Navigation and Global Positioning System (INGPS) providing accurate navigation during aircraft sorties.

To provide more accuracy to the aircraft's weapon systems, accurate ranging sensors such as Laser Designator Pod (LDP) and Laser Ranger and Marked Target Seeker (LRMTS) have been integrated in it also, they said.

To improve situational awareness of the pilot during air combat, a digital map generator has been integrated along with a digital video recording system, which helps in mission analysis and debrief support.

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