DRDO and HAL Team Up for Airborne Radar Integration onto Dornier-228

DRDO and HAL Team Up for Airborne Radar Integration onto Dornier-228


In a move set to bolster India's defence surveillance capabilities, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are joining forces to integrate an advanced radar system onto the Dornier-228 transport aircraft. This collaboration marks a significant step in enhancing the surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces.

The project will see DRDO's Electronics Research and Development Establishment (LRDE) providing a high-resolution radar system that will be retrofitted onto the Dornier-228 aircraft, which is licensed produced by HAL. This integration is expected to enable the evaluation and validation of the system's performance in real-world airborne scenarios.

Key Points​

  • Enhanced Surveillance: The integration of the radar system will equip the Dornier-228 with advanced surveillance capabilities, allowing for better detection and tracking of targets in various weather conditions and at different times of the day.
  • Real-Time Intelligence: The radar system will provide real-time intelligence inputs to decision-makers, aiding in critical operational decisions.
  • Indigenous Technology: The project highlights India's commitment to developing indigenous defence technologies, reducing reliance on foreign systems.
  • Collaborative Effort: The collaboration between DRDO and HAL demonstrates the synergistic potential of public-private partnerships in the defence sector.

Additional Information​

  • The radar system being developed by LRDE is a microwave-based X-band SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) that provides high-resolution imaging of ground targets.
  • The integration process will involve modifications to the Dornier-228's airframe, electrical systems, and avionics.
  • The project is expected to be completed in collaboration with the industry, demonstrating the involvement of the private sector in India's defence development.
This collaborative effort between DRDO and HAL is a testament to India's commitment to strengthening its defence capabilities through indigenous innovation and technological advancement.

The integration of the advanced radar system onto the Dornier-228 aircraft promises to significantly enhance the surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces.
 
This will be a great boon for Indian coast guard and even Indian Navy too.
Eventually it can be upscaled to bigger aircrafts like C-295s, etc
Way to go!!!
 
We need cheap expendable drone based radars. They could nullify stealth advantages our enemies have. When they say stealth, its frontal stealth. So having air borne radars separated by distance should hit the stealth jet at different angles and expose them.
 

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