India’s premier aeronautic laboratory, the state-run Hindustan Aeronauts Limited (HAL) has delivered the first home grown production unit of Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF-1410) transponder for the Indian Navy’s Boeing P-8I reconnaissance aircraft. The IFF-1410 transponder which is designed, developed and produced by HAL has been handed over to the Indian Navy and will be integrated into the P-81 Poseidon aircraft.
The indigenous IFF-1410 transponder from HAL’s Avionics Division is also under evaluation and trials for Jaguar aircraft’s Darin III upgrade and HAL’s trainer aircraft HJT-36 Sitara besides getting integrated with P-81 aircraft.
Meanwhile, India’s HAL is gearing up to demonstrate a Combined Interrogator Transponder (CIT) MK XII system by mid-June 2013. HAL’s Hyderabad Division is also developing a production equivalent prototype of a software-defined radio which will also be revealed next year.
As for Aerospace Division of HAL, it is creating advanced avionics ranging from navigation equipment, data-link equipment and radio communication equipment. It is also creating Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for future Indian Armed Forces’ aircraft programmes such as Fifth generation Fighter aircraft (FGFA), Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) as well as HTT-40 trainer aircraft.