India is Shopping For Nine Bizjets For Special-Missions

The Indi­an Air Force has float­ed a brand new require­ment to sup­port the acqui­si­tion of nine spe­cial mis­sion air­craft for air­borne Sig­nals Intel­li­gence (SIGINT), Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Jam­ming (COMJAM), ground sur­vey and tar­get tow­ing.

Here you can find more infor­ma­tion about the Indi­an Defense Sec­tor

Accord­ing to the request for infor­ma­tion sent out to glob­al ven­dors, two of the nine air­craft should be cer­ti­fied to per­form the SIGINT role, since the mis­sion sys­tems required for the SIGINT role com­mon­ly demand per­ma­nent changes and adap­ta­tions to the air­frame.

The remain­ing sev­en air­craft should be con­fig­ured by the prime con­trac­tor and cer­ti­fied for the mul­ti-mis­sion role, sup­port­ing aer­i­al sur­vey, tar­get tow­ing, COMJAM and flar­ing. These mis­sions will be flown in addi­tion to their orig­i­nal role in car­ry­ing pas­sen­ger and car­go roles.

Nonethe­less, all nine air­craft will share the same plat­form com­ply­ing with FAA/JAAR or equiv­a­lent stan­dards, to save in oper­a­tions, train­ing, logis­tics spares and sup­port. India is like­ly to con­sid­er the Gulf­stream GV plat­form pro­posed by IAI/Elta Sys­tems, spe­cial mis­sion sys­tems based on plat­forms offered by Gulf­stream (GV) and Bom­bardier (a spe­cial-mis­sion deriv­a­tive of the Dash‑8 Q400 was dis­played at Aero India expo in Ban­ga­lore in 2011.) Oth­er com­pa­nies like­ly to be con­sid­ered are Northrop grum­man, Boe­ing, Raytheon and L‑3. Among the Euro­pean par­tic­i­pants BAE Sys­tems, Thales and Saab also offer suit­able sys­tems and plat­form and are like­ly to bid. For plat­forms, some of the bid­ders are like­ly to con­sid­er the Embraer EBR-145, which has already been select­ed for the DRDO light­weight AEW pro­gram. The Indi­an Air Force already oper­ates five EMB-135BJ Lega­cy busi­ness jets. For the SIGINT mis­sion the IAF oper­ates two Lear­jet 29A and three Gulf­stream III SRA plat­forms.


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