vic wrote:Does reference to emitter in LCA electronic warfare suite mean DIRCM?
RF emitter, jammer.
putnanja wrote:Will the integrated EW suite be offered only in Mk-II? I would expect the config to be frozen for Mk-1 serial production now.
nikhil_p wrote:I was just discussing the EW/ECM . Thingy with a friend who works with aerospace systems. He said that integrating that into a highly electronic FBW a/c which has FADEC controlled through inputs from FBW system does pose problems. Most a/c are externally strengthened against RF emissions. It is when emissions are internally generated and also within a certain range of other Unshielded electronics that it can interfere with systems esp. the FBW.
Carrying an ECM pod will mean that the system is external to a/c which the skin of the a/c will protect against. But internal pose a new challenge. It also affects the dynamics of the a/c as it may add weight to the tail or nose both of which affect the pitch and yaw of the aircraft.
Don't know how much of this is accurate though I do trust his knowledge. Guru log please advise.
You are mixing up things. EW in the LCA program was via the 8th pylon - "special pylon", which is where an external EW pod would be carried. Now, they are moving the EW system internal, which is always a challenge with a tightly packed design like the LCA. As matter of fact, even the Su-30 MKI cannot fit in an internal EW suite and can carry only wingtip mounted pods.
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