Indien — Thales chosen to modernise IFF for India’s MiG-29

Thales has been award­ed a con­tract by Russ­ian Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion MiG (RSK-MiG) to deliv­er IFF1 Com­bined Inter­roga­tor Transpon­der (CIT) and Cryp­to­graph­ic Nation­al Secure Mode (NSM), for the retro­fit of the MiG-29 mul­ti-role fight­er air­craft of the Indi­an Air Force. The first CIT will be deliv­ered to RSK-MiG in 2010 and the first build­ing block of a com­pre­hen­sive secure iden­ti­fi­ca­tion capa­bil­i­ty in India mid-2011.

The IFF CIT equip­ment cho­sen in the TSB 2500 fam­i­ly offers a mod­ern dig­i­tal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion capa­bil­i­ty, com­pli­ant with the NATO Stan­dard MKXA2modes. It will enable Indi­an Air Force MiG-29 fight­er air­craft to be inter­op­er­a­ble with west­ern mil­i­tary air­crafts and so to avoid friend­ly fire. More­over, the cryp­to­graph­ic mode will offer India a first nation­al secure iden­ti­fi­ca­tion capa­bil­i­ty for pro­tect­ing its own assets. Accord­ing to the con­tract, Thales will deliv­er IFF for the whole Indi­an fleet of 63 MiG-29.

“This MiG-29 IFF retro­fit per­fect­ly illus­trates the excel­lence of Thales’s IFF solu­tions for the mod­erni­sa­tion of exist­ing air­craft” said Patrice Caine, Vice Pres­i­dent, in charge of Radio­Com activ­i­ties at Thales. “We think, that one of Thales’s mis­sions is to pro­vide our cus­tomers with solu­tions that can help them to be more effi­cient while ensur­ing a bet­ter pro­tec­tion. Thales’s IFF secure solu­tion ful­ly meets this goal”.

The TSB 2500 IFF Com­bined Inter­roga­tor Transpon­der is one of the most advanced sys­tems com­pli­ant with the lat­est NATO and ICAO3 stan­dards and reg­u­la­tions. It can secure­ly oper­ate either with cryp­to­graph­ic nation­al mode or with the Mode 4 / Mode 5 NATO modes. More than 16,000 IFF equip­ments have been installed onboard more than one hun­dred types of plat­forms world­wide includ­ing air­borne, ground and naval plat­forms.

1: IFF: Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Friend or Foe
2: MKXA: Modes 1, 2, 3/A, C
3: ICAO: Inter­na­tion­al Civ­il Avi­a­tion Orga­ni­za­tion

Text- / Bildquelle (source): Thales
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