HAL conducting R&D on AESA radar

By SP's Special Correspondent

August 19, 2013: In what would mean two separate active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar efforts in country, it has now been learnt that HAL's Strategic Electronic Research Design Centre (SLRDC) in Hyderabad is also kickstarting a programme to build an indigenous AESA radar for airborne platforms. It is already known that the DRDO's Electronics Research and Development Establishment (LRDE) has begun attempting to develop an AESA radar.

The SLRDC division's other planned products include Combined Interrogator and Transponder, Advanced radio Altimter, Software Defined Radio, Secure Datalink, Ku-Band SATCOM, Weather Radar, SSDVRS, Diital Audio Control System, Traffic Collision Avoidance System, INS/GPS and Synthetic Aperature Radar. While SLRDC has contributed avionics and certain cockpit equipment to the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Su-30MKI, MiG-BIS & MiG-27, Jaguar DARIN II & III, LCA Tejas, Cheetah, Chetak, Dornier and Boeing P-8I, it is now gearing up to build avionics for new and future platforms including the LCH, LUH , HTT-40, Tejas Mk.II, FGFA, MTA , IJT and the upgraded Su-30MKI.