Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hindustan Aeronautics carries out maiden flight of upgraded Jaguar 'Darin III'


Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Thursday announced it had successfully carried out the maiden flight of the avionics upgraded Jaguar aircraft ‘Darin III’.

“This is a significant moment for us as the upgrade will result in major operational improvement with regard to all-weather air-to-ground, air-to-sea and air-to-air capabilities through the incorporation of the multi-mode radar,” said R K Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. Darin III upgrade, with re-engining and its change over to higher capacity alternators can make Jaguar one of the most potent aircraft in the arsenal of the IAF with an extended life-span.

The total design from system requirement capture, specification preparation, software, hardware, electrical, mechanical design and development has been done indigenously by the HAL at its Mission & Combat System Research & Design Centre (MCSRDC) and aircraft trial modification is done by HAL’s overhaul division. The fleet compliance will also be carried out by HAL. SDI of IAF is the design partner for display software development and Aircraft System Testing Establishment (ASTE) under the leadership of Air Vice Marshal Raghunath Nambiar takes care of system specification preparation, data analysis and flight testing along with Flight Test Centre of HAL.

The upgrade incorporates new avionics architecture including mission computer (MC), engine and flight instrument system (EFIS), solid state digital video recording system (SSDVRS), solid state flight data recorder (SSFDR) and additional functions in inertial global positioning system (INGPS), autopilot, radar and RWR. The upgrade covers modern navigation, EW and weapon delivery system with INGPS using primary and reversionary modes, state-of-the-art, man-machine interface (near glass cockpit) with two smart multi-function display and head-up display.

India is in the process of upgrading its 100-odd Jaguar planes in the IAF fleet under a 2008 contract signed with HAL for upgrading the aircraft from the initial version of the system called Darin-1. It signed a deal with the US for re-engining of Jaguar fleet whereby Jaguars will get Honeywell’s F125IN 43.8 kilo Newton (KN) thrust turbofan engine.

The cost of upgrade of Jaguar, inducted first in 1979, was initially estimated to cost Rs 3,113.02 crore (about $700 million) and all the aircraft are expected to be upgraded by December 2017.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Advanced Air Defence Interceptor Test



Multiple missiles intercepted in DRDO test off Orissa coast


India on Friday demonstrated its capability to intercept multiple missile attacks that will help it build a missile defence shield for the National Capital Region by 2014. The feat was achieved after scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation intercepted a real ballistic missile as well as a computer-simulated missile off the coast of Orissa.
During Friday’s test, a real interceptor almost simultaneously destroyed an incoming target missile in endo-atmosphere (inside Earth’s atmosphere), 14.5 km over the Bay of Bengal, and a computer-simulated missile in exo-atmosphere (outside Earth’s atmosphere), over an altitude of 120 km. The test was overseen by DRDO Chief V K Saraswat, who has been piloting the project to develop an indigenous missile shield.
After the test firing, the DRDO said that it was in the position to set up a missile shield for the National Capital Region as early as 2014, but maintained that a few more tests need to be conducted.
DRDO spokesman Ravi Gupta said that around 12.40 pm on Friday a ballistic missile — a modified surface-to-surface Prithvi missile — was fired from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore. In less than five minutes of the launch, the interceptor, Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, was fired from Wheeler Island off Dhamra coast. It destroyed the Prithvi missile after travelling at a supersonic speed of 4.5 Mach. The Prithvi missile had a range of 600 km to 1,000 km.