Mirage 2000 upgraded to FOC


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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