Faced with threats from two adversaries along its borders, the Indian Air Force is now investing in producing an advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for its fighter jet fleet.
The Ministry of Defense and industry partner Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) recently signed an agreement to supply the Indian Air Force with an advanced Electronic Warfare suite for its fighter aircraft. The contract’s total cost is projected to be around Rs 1993 crores (approx $26.5 million)
The delivery of modern EW systems will considerably improve the battle-survivability of IAF fighter aircraft while flying operational missions against ground-based and airborne fire control and surveillance radars of opponents.
IAF’s EW suite deal becomes significant after the 2019 confrontation of the Indian Air Force with Pakistan fighters following the Balakot strikes as well as the standoff with China in the Eastern Ladakh region where both sides had mobilized their respective combat aircraft.
The EW suite was created and developed in-house by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The project embraces the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat and will aid in the realization of the journey to self-sufficiency, according to the Ministry officials.
The BEL would be developing the Instrumented Electronic Warfare Range (IEWR), EW equipment at a cost of Rs 1109 crores, The New Indian Express reported. The IEWR will be used to test and assess airborne electronic warfare (EW) equipment and validate their deployment in an operational setting, according to the Ministry of Defense.