HAL flies upgraded Jaguar in Bangalore
State-run defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Wednesday flew the upgraded version of Jaguar fighter with latest avionics for re-induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) after final certification and clearance, an official said.
"The upgrade will enable the 'Darin III' Jaguar to fly in all-weather with air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea capabilities, using latest avionics and multi-mode radar," HAL chairman R.K. Tyagi said in a statement here.
The new version boasts of mission computer, engine and flight instrument system, solid state digital recording system and data recorder, autopilot, radar, global positioning system and radar warning receiver.
"The upgraded aircraft has also modern navigation, electronic warfare and weapon delivery system with latest man-machine interface near the glass cockpit and two multi-function displays and head-up display," Tyagi said.
The company's mission and combat system research centre re-designed the ground attack aircraft spanning its software, hardware and sub-systems while its overhaul division carried the trial modification.
"The maiden test flight was carried under the leadership of Air Vice Marshal Raghunath Nambiar by our flight test centre jointly with the air force's Aircraft System Testing Establishment (ASTE) and the IAF's software development institute here," Tyagi noted.
The IAF is modernising its fleet of 120 Jaguars with higher power engines and autopilots at an estimated cost of Rs.3,013 crore after three decades of service.
As one of the fighter jets, which can carry nuclear warheads, the Anglo-French Jaguars will be stationed at the Ambala air base in Punjab.