Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thales modernises IFF and Inertial Navigation System for India’s MiG-29 retrofit

23 Apr 2010 Thales PR: Russian Aircraft Corporation, MiG (RSK-MiG), has chosen Thales to provide the IFF1 Combined Interrogator Transponder (CIT) and Cryptographic National Secure Mode (NSM) as part of the retrofit for the Indian Air Force’s MiG-29 multi-role fighter aircraft.The IFF CIT will allow the Indian Air Force’s MiG-29 fighter aircraft to be interoperable with Western military aircraft so as to avoid friendly fire. The cryptographic mode will equip India with the first national secure identification capability for protecting its own assets. Under the latest contract, Thales is set to deliver the first IFF CIT to MiG in 2010, with the initial building block of a comprehensive secure identification capability delivered in mid-2011.

The TSB 2500 IFF Combined Interrogator Transponder is one of the most advanced systems compliant with the latest NATO and ICAO2 standards and regulations. It can securely operate either with cryptographic national mode or with the Mode 4 / Mode 5 NATO modes. Some 16,000 units of IFF equipment have been installed onboard more than one hundred types of platforms worldwide including airborne, ground and naval platforms.

Thales will supply the Indian Air Force’s MiG-29 fighter aircraft with TOTEM 3000 latest generation Inertial Navigation and Global positioning System. Thales in addition line-fit supplies the Indian Navy’s newly built MiG-29/KUB aircraft with the Topsight E helmet-mounted sight/display (HMS/D), for which it successfully completed integration phase with this aircraft in November 2009. This decisive phase marks the end of qualification for the Topsight-E HMSD, which is now fully integrated to the MiG-29K/KUB cockpit, including ejection seat and weapon delivery and navigation system.

Thales’s cooperation with MiG started in 1993 when Sextant decided to design and supply a full avionics suite for the Russian Advanced Trainer MiG-AT. This opened up new cooperation on programmes such as the MiG-21 and MiG-29 upgrades.

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