Mi­rage 2000 up­graded to FOC

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Con­tin­u­ing its suc­cess on var­i­ous re­cent projects, the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) has now flown the first FOC (fi­nal op­er­a­tional con­fig­u­ra­tion) up­graded Mi­rage 2000 air­craft on July 28, 2016 ad­her­ing to the sched­uled date. “We have done it again on time. What it proves is HAL’s ca­pa­bil­ity of midlife up­grade of plat­forms to over­come ob­so­les­cence is­sues, en­hance the re­li­a­bil­ity and main­tain­abil­ity of th­ese air­craft. The in­tro­duc­tion of state-of-theart fa­cil­ity cre­ated for this project en­sures the timely upgra­da­tion of the Mi­rage fleet”, said T. Su­varna Raju, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of HAL.

The FOC de­sign was im­ple­mented on an ini­tial op­er­a­tional con­fig­ured (IOC) air­craft which was re­ceived at HAL only about eight months ago. “This sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone could be achieved by the ded­i­cated ef­forts of the HAL’s team of de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers with ac­tive sup­port from IAF, RCMA and DGAQA”, added Raju.

The ini­tial op­er­a­tion con­fig­u­ra­tion was de­signed by the Das­sault and Thales of France. HAL took up the FOC de­sign and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties. The FOC con­fig­u­ra­tion cov­ers the in­te­gra­tion of In­dian spe­cific weapons, sen­sors and EW sys­tem. This FOC up­grade on Mi­rage 2000 gives ad­di­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of airto-ground weapon, train­ing, hel­met mounted dis­play, etc. The sys­tem hav­ing a unique fea­ture of in­te­grat­ing dif­fer­ent types of data­base for IOC and FOC con­fig­u­ra­tion is achieved with­out any degra­da­tion. The to­tal de­sign and de­vel­op­ment was done by HAL which in­cludes mis­sion com­puter hard­ware, OFP soft­ware, sys­tem de­sign, air­craft mod­i­fi­ca­tion, etc. The com­pany is re­spon­si­ble for the IOC and FOC up­grade of the Mi­rage fleet of IAF.

The first flight of 45 min­utes was pi­loted by Group Cap­tain C. Subra­ma­niam (Retd), Chief Test Pilot of HAL from the front cock­pit, and Wg. Cdr Haldikar of ASTE, IAF, in the rear cock­pit. Group Cap­tain A. Mishra of IAF was the test di­rec­tor.

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