Israeli Medium Power Radar Deployed In Gujarat In A Move To Bolster India’s Air Defence

 Source:The Times OF India
Indian plan to bolster  Air defence surveillance network, IAF will
commission a spanking new Israeli medium-power radar (MPR) at Naliya in
Gujarat this week.
“This state-of-the-art radar, to be named
Arudhra, is being inducted towards strengthening the air defence in the
Saurashtra-Kutch region and constitutes an important component in IAF’s
plan to achieve network-centric operations,” said an officer.
chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik will be inducting the radar, which has
a range of over 300 km, at the Naliya airbase on Friday after the
commanders’ conference of the South-Western Air Command.
AF has already inked contracts for 19 LLTRs (low-level transportable
radars), four MPRs and 30 indigenous medium-range Rohini radars, apart
from also planning a major induction of long-range surveillance radars
(LRSRs) and high-power radars (HPRs) to bolster air defence coverage in
“hilly terrain” in the hinterland as well as along the borders with China and Pakistan.
is also moving towards procuring nine more Aerostat radars to add to
the two EL/M-2083 Israeli Aerostats inducted earlier as well as two
additional AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) to supplement
the first three Israeli Phalcon AWACS bought under a $1.1-billion deal.

The overall aim of all this is to ensure that the Indian airspace,
which still has several gaping holes, especially over central and
peninsular India, becomes impregnable against hostile aircraft, drones
and helicopters.
With advanced “electronic counter-counter
measures”, the new radars being inducted will be integrated into the
IACCS (integrated air command and control system), the fully-automated
network being established to integrate the wide array of military radars
with each other as well as with civilian radars.
IAF, in fact,
has plans to establish 10 IACCS nodes to cover virtually the entire
country, with quick transfer of data from different radars as well as
ground stations of AWACS to one central place.