IAF To Deploy New Radar Systems Near Pakistan And China Border Areas

Arudhra Radar
After officially commissioning a state-of-the-art SU-30 fighter squadron
at the Jodhpur air base, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to
deploy the Arudhra radar soon in most of the forward and strategic air
force stations in Rajasthan and Gujarat region near the Pakistan border.

In accordance with a decision during the recently held commanders’
conference at the headquarters of South Western Air Command (SWAC) in
Gandhinagar, the first medium-power radar Arudhra was inducted at the
Naliya air force station of Gujarat Sector in June 2011.

Consequently, to further enhance its air defense capabilities, IAF is
inducting the indigenous radar at air bases in Rajasthan and Gujarat
near the Pakistan border. The medium-power radar was developed by the
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with support from

According to defense officials, the radar is being inducted to
strengthen air defense capabilities in the Saurashtara-Kutch region as
part of IAF’s radar upgrade and is an important component of the force’s
plan to achieve network-centric operations. The IAF has significantly
improved its air defense capabilities by acquiring the Integrated Air
Command and Control Systems and connecting all of its modern and legacy
radars under one single grid.

Source said the new radar will help in extending security to many
strategically and economically important installations and the nation as
a whole. India has been upgrading its air defense capabilities along
its frontiers with both China and Pakistan.

Sources said Arudhra is a 4D medium power radar (MPR) which can act
as a sophisticated multi-mode sensor for fast changing modern battle
fields. MPR uses advanced active array technology, digital processing
technologies – Digital Beam Forming and Programmable Signal Processing –
to meet operational requirements of air space surveillance covering 100
m to 30 km altitude. The S-band solid state active aperture radar can
detect and track any airborne targets up to 100 km. The radar has a
rotating phased array antenna covering 360°. It also has steering mode
with electronic scanning in azimuth and elevation providing range,
direction, height and Doppler velocity information of the tracked aerial

Initially, only eight of these indigenous radars have been inducted
by the IAF and subsequently most of the forward and strategic air bases
like Utarlai, Jodhpur,Jaisalmer, Phalodi ,Suratgarh and Nal (Bikaner)in
Rajasthan region likely have Arudhra to meet the operational

“This radar has been developed by the Electronic & Radar Development
Organisation of DRDO. It has been inducted to replace the ageing
TRS-2215 and PSM-33 radars on the inventory of IAF.
The radar is a
state-of- art technology capable of detecting targets at ranges greater
than 300 km and it is an important component in IAF plans to achieve net
centric operations. The radar would strengthen air defence in the
Saurashtra-Kutch region,” defence spokesperson S D Goswami said.