Indian Air Force Looks to Get Eyes in Skies
Indian Defence News: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has revived a five-years-old requirement of seven snooping aircraft to conduct signal intelligence and communications jamming (COMJAM) duties.
New Delhi: The IAF has issued a request for information for the same to purchase the turbofan twin-engine aircraft with prolonged operations capability in heat, dust, and high humidity conditions as prevalent in India. The document shows five aircraft will be equipped with signal intelligence and communications jamming systems while others will only play signal intelligence role. The IAF will operate the planes and their mission will be supervised by the country’s principal technical intelligence unit NTRO.
The request for information published by the Indian Air Force details the requirement as follows: Five aircraft should be suitably integrated by the OEM and certified for the SIGINT and COMJAM roles. Two aircraft should be certified to perform the SIGINT role. The basic platform for all the seven aircraft is to be the same platform and is to comply with FAA/JAAR or equivalent standards. The role equipment and role performance is to comply with related Mil STD/equivalent stipulations. The installation, integration and certification in respect of all role equipment are the responsibility of vendor.
“The aircraft should have a baggage compartment with a minimum capacity of 3.25 cu meters by volume and 1000 kg of weight,” it added. The aircraft will be able to fly nonstop for minimum eight hours with a range of 4000 nautical miles or more.
The global tender is expected to be issued in the second quarter of 2018 with the tentative delivery set 24 months from the effective date of the contract. An earlier bid of 2012 for the same kind of aircraft was not reached at tender level.
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