Prem Kumar wrote:Phenomenal news! They must've gotten over the A2G and A2S hurdles in the executive jet, to have such confidence! Great to see that the A2A mode is operating better than they expected
Even as far as 3 years back, Uttam had the capability to detect a 2 sq.m target at 150 Km. It must be doing better than that now, which is mighty impressive. It means that it can even guide Astra-Mk2 at its max range
The A2G mode on the executive jet has already shown good results. The problems arose, when the same was tried on the Tejas. The speed and the maneuverability of fighter jets is much higher and the software needed to be changed to account for this. The A2A mode seems to have been fully developed and debugged on the 2 LSP aircrafts. The report states that they might be ready to offer the radar for user evaluation for the A2A mode, shortly. There were some reports that DRDO is targeting mid 2021 to complete the A2G mode as well.
The results of the A2A mode, seem to be on par with the Elat 2052, which is huge. The earlier reports had mentioned that they were better then the existing 2032 based hybrid MMR. Even if the radar is upto 90% as effective as the Elta 2052, we should opt for the Uttam only.
Maybe someone like @Dileep will have a better idea about the exact status and the results that have been obtained so far.
I have said this before and will say it again, having almost a completely indigenous weapons suite and indigenous Radar and avionics suite for the Tejas will have a bigger impact for the IAF then any import can ever have. Will also enhance the export potential of the Tejas.
The next target after the Uttam should be the EW suite. Only the Israeli Dash Helmet is the major imported component of the avionics suite.