IAF Su-30 MKIs To Get Indigenous ‘Eyes’ To Locate Other Deadly Jets


New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) frontline fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI will soon be equipped with indigenous “eyes” to detect even a radar-evading stealth aircraft possessed by India’s adversaries in day and night conditions.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI already has a radar that can detect and track the supposed stealth Chinese fighter Chengdu J-20 but with the government deciding to develop a Long Range Dual Band Infrared Imaging Search and Track System (IRST) for the aircraft under ‘Make II’ sub-category, the IAF jet will be able to locate any plane with stealth characteristics. The IRST can detect and track fighter jets, helicopters and missiles which emit infrared radiation.

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The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Monday approved the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs. 6,900 crore including the development of the IRST for Su-30MKI.

“The DAC also accorded approval for undertaking Design and Development of the Long Range Dual Band Infrared Imaging Search and Track System (IRST) for SU-30 MKI aircraft under ‘Make II’ sub category and subsequently, for procurement of at least 100 IRSTs under ‘Buy (Indian–IDDM) category. The system will be able to operate in day and night conditions and will substantially enhance the capabilities of the aircraft,” the government press release said.