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IAF to start User Trials of Uttam Aesa Radar soon


IAF to start User Trials of Uttam Aesa Radar soon
CGI rendering of DRDO built Uttam AESA radar (Credit : Twitter @Kuntal__biswas)

Indian Air Force (IAF) will start user trials cum evaluation of the indigenously developed Uttam active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar later this month which has been developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE). Uttam has 95% indigenous content that can track 50 targets in the sky at a range above 100km and engage four of them simultaneously said a report by Hindustan Times.

Once cleared for production, Uttam Radar will be mounted on the 16th LCA-Tejas Mk1A aircraft onwards and eventually on all 123 jets, and derivatives of the radar will be used on the entire Su-30 MKI fleet as well as on the carrier-based MiG-29K fighter fleet for which HAL has started development of new Mission Computers and same also has been offered to be equipped on the IAF’s 60 Mig-29UPG fleet.

Uttam Aesa Radar already has been installed on two Limited series LCA-Tejas aircraft and another one is installed on the Hawker Siddeley 800 Business executive jet on lease to the program and has completed 250 hours of in-flight trials in all modes.

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