Thales has completed initial flight tests of an active array radar being offered to HAL to equip India's Tejas Mk1A combat aircraft.
Thales says that the active array radar being proposed for India's Tejas combat aircraft has successfully completed an initial flight test campaign designed to measure its performance level. The radar has been developed to meet the specific needs of HAL to equip the 80 Tejas Mk1A multirole LCAs operated by the Indian Air Force.
The 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 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.
Thales – which developed the Rafale's combat-proven RBE2 radar, including its latest AESA version – is offering a lightweight, compact design. The RBE2 AESA radar has been operated by the French armed forces since 2012.
The tests conducted during summer 2017 at the Cazaux air base in France, on a test bench aircraft, focused on metrological analyses of the radar performance. Thales indicates that these test flights proved that the radar is fully operational and perfectly corresponds to the specific requirements of HAL for its combat and air superiority missions.