Thales conducts flight tests of AESA radar offered for India’s Tejas MK1A fighter jet

Thales has successfully completed an initial flight test campaign of an active array radar it has developed to equip the HAL Tejas Mk1A multirole light combat aircraft (LCA) to be operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The flight tests were conducted during summer 2017 at the Cazaux Air Base in France on a test bench aircraft. The tests were designed to test the performance of the key features of the radar.

Thales is offering a lightweight, compact active array radar in order to meet the needs of the Indian state owned aerospace manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for its under development Tejas Mk1A light fighter. Thales has developed the radar based on its experience with the RBE2-AA AESA radar.

The RBE2-AA radar has been operated by the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air, ALA) on its Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft since 2012. IAF also has Rafales on order.

These test flights focused on metrological analyses of the radar performance and proved that the radar is fully operational and perfectly corresponds to the specific requirements of Tejas for its combat and air superiority missions.

“In just four months, thanks to our solid, proven experience with the RBE2, we’ve been able to carry out successful flights to test the performance of the key features of the radar we’re offering for the TEJAS Mk1A light fighter”, said Philippe Duhamel, Executive Vice-President, Defence Mission Systems activities, Thales. “This is a clear guarantee of its extremely high degree of operational reliability, immediately, and clearly sets us apart from our competitors as regards this call for tender.”

Thales radar is an advanced Fire Control Radar (FCR) designed for air-to-air superiority and strike missions, based on fully solid-state Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technology, enabling the radar to achieve long detection ranges, high mission reliability and multi-target tracking capabilities.

The Thales radar is compliant with the requirement and provides simultaneous modes of operation supporting multi-mission capabilities for air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea operation modes, and weapon deployment.

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