DRDO to Develop New Generation EW System

By admin • December 1st, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — India will soon have its very own radar-based electronic warfare system (EWS) to enable the Armed Forces with a decisive edge in futuristic warfare. The State-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has initiated the development of the radar based EWS which will be ready by 2013.

According to the DRDO, the radar-based EWS will be ready in three years along with test-ranges in the Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The cost of each testing range is roughly $45 million. As for the EWS systems, they would use electromagnetic spectrum for attack, protection and warfare support to destroy the combat capabilities of the enemy. Currently, a prototype EWS has been integrated with MiG-27 fighter for test flight. According to the plan, the EWS will be integrated with MiG-29, Jaguar, Sukhoi-MKI-30 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas by 2011.

As for the testing ranges being envisaged by the DRDO for the EWS, the Chitradurga aeronautical test range at the DRDO’s 4,000-acre campus in Karnataka and will be used for communication-based EWS. As for the non-communication EWS, the Tandur range in Andhra Pradesh will be used. These testing ranges will be operational by 2012.

Speaking at a conference, DRDO Chief Controller Dr.Prahlada said that the main aim is to develop the fourth-generation EWS by 2012. He added that the need for EWS is imperative in a modern era of warfare. The fourth-generation EWS is being developed by the state-run Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) and Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DERL).

Source: India Defence Online


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