New generation electronic warfare equipment integrated on Tejas LCA

File photo of India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
File photo of India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.
An advanced electronic warfare (EW) suite developed by Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), a DRDO laboratory specializing in avionics and electronic warfare systems for combat aircrafts, flew for the first time onboard the Tejas-PV1 light combat aircraft (LCA) at Bangalore today.
In addition to the radar warner, the EW suite tested today is also equipped with jammer.  It gives to the pilot an additional capability of nullifying the effect of detected radar threat by appropriate mode of jamming. 
Existing EW systems fitted on various combat aircrafts are basic EW equipment known as radar warner receiver to provide warning to the aircraft pilot in case of detection of a radar threat. 
After obtaining due flight clearances and certification, the first flight sortie of LCA PV1 with the EW equipment operational, took place today. The equipment was noted to be detecting radar signals operating in and around the flight path. 
Dr Avinash Chander, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and head of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), congratulated the team on the achievement. “This warfare suite adds an important capability to our LCA," he said.
Mr SS Sundaram, Distinguished Scientist and DG (ECS) called it a “new generation electronic warfare equipment integrated on Tejas aircraft".
Ms J Manjula, Director, DARE said, “LCA is the first fighter aircraft of India fitted with a radar warner and jammer equipment. It has capability for both radar warning and jamming using a Unified EW Technology. Over the coming few months, ADA and DARE will be scheduling further sorties to evaluate the system in various signal scenarios."

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