I went to the LRDE stand the next day too.Do you have the official stuff for the WLR and the DLRL ESM system?I just couldnt get to those guys.No time
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Guys the WLR has cleared all army trials flawlessly.It is a modified Rajendra,with updates made to the S/W and other things.The pic you see is of an operational radar and the white kinda covering-thats the radome to cover the phase shifters.It does have imported componets-but they-except one-are of the absic type,which everyone imports.Even Israel or Netherlands or this or that.What you do with that stuff is the real Mc coy.This COTS -Commercial Off the Shelf-approach reduces developement time,avoids obsolescence and ensures easy production.Key sanctioned items are made in India.
Regarding Rajendra and what Merlin said,before anyone gets all worked up.The Rajendra is a technology demonstartor as in -it provides the tech for other variants-like the WLR.
At the same time,it is also a weapons system component not a "developent project".The system itself has cleared all trials quite some time back.What is holding it up is the Akash,which frankly has good news recently.The development of other variants is purely dependent on Funding,as teh Rajendra itself is a purpose built system; which the services will use as part of the CAR-Rajendra-Akash system,not standalone.For that other variants are planned.That should suffice for now.
I do have a basic engineering background and a rudimentary common sense.Hence i can distinguish between claims and truth!
If you wish to have a comparison between the Elta and the BFSR-SR,heck yes!I owe it to LRDE for their courtesy and frankly their hard work.However i would wish to make it a complete article on all radars-the CAR,WLR,BFSR-SR which these chaps put on display.
Like Rupak and i discussed,i am tied up for this month due to certain stuff(Sunil ,i got your kick : ) ) but the details are in my grey cells and elsewhere and deserve to be put online.
I will also need the help of the good doctor Shiv and the other Blore crowd who collected brochure.My modus operandi was to collect what the chap spoke and compare with what i knew and grill in turn.
And apparently,from what i could gather,i do know something of whats on.One thing,when the opposite chap knows you are serious,he will share.Some clam up as they are frankly surprised when someone asks quick questions ins equence and knows about the product beforehand but thats to be expected.For example,the main DRDO stand-which i couldnt get to much ofthe products(and i hope Kersi and Raj did) had equal mixtures of both types.
FWIW,and Merlin was with me-the gent in charge of the CAR was not asked any "Easy" questions.I request Merlin's silence at this point over what we discussed but both of us were pretty much forthright.And we were given honest answers in turn ,no BS.
We even reiterated the need for their publicity and the website to be decent.Look at the confusion -and even i was a victim -of assuming the BFSR to be a ripoff of the Elta one for instance.Guys,the radar from inside out is different.If one thing has been copied,its the "look" and the traversing mechanism.FWIW,the Israeli developers ambled over to the LRDE guys and struck up a rapport;they appreciated the design.
The reason why i couldnt spare time for the bulk of DRDO and BEL products-and any foreign one-was the time spent at certain items.Some extremely non-glamorous but whose tale deserves hearing.
Especially the IAF Base Repair Depots.They have done incredible work at certain levels.
I only wish i had managed my time better and met Kapil earlier(at the show).Working in concert would have been a real force multiplier and i kid you not,we would have got the whole tech side under our thumbs.
And i would have been in turn beena ble to contribute to ana overview of Aero India tech as a whole !
I got inside the hangars -the stalls-on the final day at approx 2:30 when the show ends at 5 pm.
Regarding BFSR-SR,the army evaluated the Elta and came up with their GSQR specific to the IA-this is what the Indian BFSR-SR is.
This original requirement-afresh-came to the chaps fro the IAF after Kargil and once the import of the Israeli stuff had been finalised.
Guys,we have reached a threshold of indian technology which is truely remarkable.BEL has reached maturity as a true high tech production house with serious production ready items on the shopfloor.I was-frankly-amazed-to be continuously told "cleared trials,tech transferred to BEL" for quite a few items.
And we are rocking in Electronic systems.
Once again,i'll need the B'lore crowd's help-once i clear up my pending stuff-and we can do i justice-with whatever we have on board to what we have achieved in Indian defence.
Regarding BEL and "indigenous" and then screwdriver tech,if you are talking of foreign tie-ups and radars perhaps.The Indian designed items dont have any technogy transfer.they are all system configured and designed from the ground up in india and the technology transferred to BEL.
For those who bemoan DRDO not approaching the pvt sector,the BFSR would nt bethere today but for them doing the opposite.What the pvt sector could do,they did-and that was quite a bit.The core stuff-signal processors etc,LRDE handled.BEL was the production house here.
In other items,BEL is the developer.
And a pragmatic decision has been made.Import what we are behindin ,make the rest here and combine.
An Autrotracker with FLIR in a gimballed assmebly will have the Autrotracker with GAssembly from india,and FLIR from abroad.