New Delhi (Sputnik) — India's first fighter aircraft fitted with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar successfully completed its maiden test flight today. The test was conducted by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after fitting the Jaguar DARIN III aircraft with AESA radar as well as 28 new sensors.
The DARIN III Jaguar is also equipped with new state of the art hardware and software, including an open system architecture mission computer, engine and flight instrument system (EFIS); fire control radar; a state of the art Inertial Navigation System with GPS and many others improvements.
HAL is currently upgrading a set of Jaguars procured in 1993 from DARIN level I to DARIN level III. The aircraft will be re-inducted into the Indian Air Force once they are tested and declared combat-worthy.