Saturday, June 4, 2011

IAF Inducts Arudhra Radar

In the background of Commanders’ Conference at Headquarters South Western Air Command (SWAC), Air Chief Marshal PV Naik PVSM VSM ADC inducted the first Medium Power Radar(MPR) named ARUDHRA at Air Force Station Naliya. CAS was accompanied by Air Marshal AK Gogoi AVSM VSM, AOC-in-C South Western Air Command.

The Arudhra radar is being inducted to replace the ageing TRS-2215 and PSM-33 radars on the inventory of IAF. The radar is state of the art technology capable of detecting targets at ranges greater than 300 kilometers 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. The Arudhra is being inducted in a signal unit which has rich historical legacy. The unit was raised in October 1966 in Jodhpur and moved to Naliya in Jun 1988. At Naliya the unit has played a pivotal role in air defence of Saurashtra-Kutch region.

The event was attended by large number of Air Force officers from Air Headquarters, Headquarters South Western Air Command including the representatives of original equipment manufacturer ELTA Systems Ltd, from Israel. The IAF fighters conducted a fly past brilliantly synchronised with the induction of radar by Chief of the Air Staff.


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