Modernisation of Indian Air Force | Indian Defence Avionics
Modernisation of Indian Air Force | Indian Defence Avionics

Modernisation of Indian Air Force | Indian Defence Avionics

Since the late 1990s, the Indian Air Force has been programming to upgrade to the modernisation of its outdated equipment. The development is in the progress of an aircraft, weapons, relevant technology and infrastructures. The key priority in the latest improvements is on replacing Soviet Union aircraft that shape the backbone of the Air Force. To reach 45 squadrons by 2035, Indian Air force plans to deploy 450 fighter jets. Also along with Afghanistan, Pakistani and eastern boundaries with China along the North-West frontier.


India granted Russia a deal of US$ 865million in 2007 to convert the Mig-29 air force to the Mig-29 model multi-roll warplanes of the Mig-29UPG, Monday 10 March 2008. The Indian Air Force began updating its fleet of Mig-29. Russia will replant the twin-engined MiG-29s with air-to-air missiles and will include the newest avionics, and the upgraded MiGs will have increased fuel capacity. The concept is a recent modernisation which is of the Indian Air Force’s MiG-29s. On 4 February 2011, she made her first flight. New Zhuk-M radar, new helicopters, and IFR measuring instrument as well as latest modifications in RD-33 3 turbojet engines are part of the range. Although the Indian Air Force is not ready to move nuclear missiles in the first place. 40 modified Su-30MKI will be delivering soon with the capacity to bear the BrahMos cruise missile by 2020.


This become the 1st step towards modernisation Of Indian Air Force.

The Nirbhay nuclear-capable missile is also intended for incorporation with the aircraft. Of the existing Indian Air Forces Su-30MKI, an original 42 airmen are to be upgraded. In March 2010, India and France signed the long-lasting agreement to update the entire India Mirage 2000H to the Mirage 2000-5 Mk2 variant, with modern radar systems, new weapons packages, rockets, electronic warfare, etc French say that combat-proven aircraft would be updated to the next level. As part of a more modernisation campaign, ‘Super Sukhoi’ plans modernize the whole Indian Su-30MKI air force by utilizing latest Zhuk radars, cockpit computers and advanced electronic warfare systems (AESA), powerful electronic scanning arrays (AESA). A vital part of the Indian military is the SEPECAT Jaguar. The identification of Jaguar is along with the Mirage 2000 as one of the few aircraft.

Under Development


Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

HAL has done design research on an Advanced Medium Fighting Aircraft, a multi-role stealth bomber to operate with twin-engine. The HAL Tejas, Sukhoi Su-30MKI, MWF and Dassault Rafale in the Indian Aerial Force will be complemented by it. This aircraft’s primary aim is to offer IAF a technical advantage

Omni-role Combat Aircraft (ORCA)

Since 2020, research confirms the proposal for the Omni Role Combat Aircraft, an air force variant of a twin-engine deck based fighter (TEDBF). Omni Role Combat Aircraft has been developed to create a double-engine Omni roll fighter for Rafale type. The first TEDBF flight is on a plan in 2025 and the combatant is in command to join the Navy by 2030.

Medium Weight Fighter (MWF AF MK2)

A medium-weight fighter, an advance by ADA and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as the main multi-role aircraft for the IAF. The system was initiated in the 1980s to replace the old Mig-21 fighters in India and built by HAL Tejas, Light Fighting Aeroplane, (LCA). The Mk 2 Tejas is to replaced several strike fighters such as SEPECAT Jaguars, Mirage 2000 Dassault and MiG-29 from the Indian Air Force.

Airborne Early Warning

Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&c) 145 Embracer Security and Protection (EMB 145) awards to the Department of Defense Research and Development Company in 2004 to revitalize the Indian Airavat Project which is India’s first effort to build indigenous AEW aircraft. In 2008, a $210 million contract concludes with Braza’s Embraer for three regional Embraer EMB-145 jets. Also, the flight aircraft testing that achieved organizational goals set by both the Defences Research & Development Organization’s (DRDO) Embraer and Center for Airborne Systems (CABS).



Furthermore, HAL has entered into a joint venture with the United Aircraft Corporation (United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) of Russland to build the UAC / HAL Il-214 Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA), a medium-sized combat aircraft for transport both companies. They need to spend US$ 300 million each in a joint venture. The aircraft has a gross weight of 18,5 tons, a 2500 km range and an 870 km / h velocity. The Indian Air Force is considering a 45 MTA. The aircraft would have a maximum payload of 80 mph. Announcements in January 2016 confirms that HAL from India will not engage in the project anymore. Also, Russia will continue alone with the project without the involvement of the Indians.

Five NAL Saras aircrews produced by the National Aerospace Lab(NAL) had already been put under control by the IAF. Also, the supplier suggested that the Indian Air Force was equipped to put an order for up to 45 planes. The National Aeronautics Limited (NAL), owing to cost overruns and failure to reduce weight. They stopped all research on NAL Saras because of funding for the projects ended by the end of 2013.

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