Prem Kumar wrote:Anti-radiation A2A sounds like an interesting idea. It can sneak up on a fighter or AWACS without itself being detected. Similar to IIR, but operating at a longer range.
However, if the radar has a good resolution, the incoming missile will be detected by the radar itself. Then its a question of the RCS of the missile, distance at which it is detected & its NEZ.
At any rate, it will need its own seeker too (like MMW on the NGARM). Because the aircraft can turn off its radar to defeat the missile.
The beauty of it is if you launch 2 emitting ARH NGARM based large missiles & 2 ARMs based A2A missiles, and they look the same, how will PAF AWACS know which is an ARM and which is not? All are being cued by the fighter radar till they reach the seeker uncages itself/turns on... so all the PAF AWACS can do, is turn around & run, and if it switches off its radar, that too is a win for the Indian side, because they "mission killed" the AWACS, albeit at a cost of 4x missiles.
I think it is high time DRDO started thinking innovatively.. they have the building blocks for a range of measures...e.g. a large X-Band AWACS which can act like a missile guidance unit not just an AWACS & guiding missiles which are based on 3x propulsion or Brahmos NG etc with a mix of seekers to specifically target force multipliers.
Yeah, funding I know. But IAF also needs to push them to think out of the box and standard, west did this, russia did this, israel did this, now we do it mindset.