The Indian air force has declared initial operation clearance (IOC) for the latest avionics upgrade to its Sepecat Jaguar attack aircraft, the air force said.
Under the Darin (display, attack, range and inertial navigation) III program, three Jaguars have received upgraded avionics packages installed by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL).
HAL says the core of the upgrade is a new open architecture mission computer, as well as an engine and flight instrument system, smart multifunction display, fire control radar and a new inertial navigation system with GPS and geodetic height correction.
India is the sole remaining operator of the Jaguar, with 160 in service. Approximately 120 of the aircraft are expected to receive the Darin-III upgrade. Jaguars are used in ground and maritime attack roles, and the upgraded types are set to receive MBDA´s ASRAAM short-range air-to-air missile and Textron Defence Systems´ CBU-105 sensor fused weapon.
The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict.