All Indigenous Weapons of LCA Tejas

LCA Tejas, already in service with the Indian Air Force, is being integrated with indigenous platforms, but what are those weapons and sensors included in the indigenous package of LCA TEJAS fighter systems? Let’s Find out.

Rudram 1

Rudram missile

Rudram is India’s first anti-radiation missile (ARM). It’s a Surface-to-Air missile developed by DRDO (DRDO). It is Also known as a Next generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM). “Rudram’s name means remover of sorrows.” this missile is included in the Tejas Indigenous Weapon Package

Rudram is meant to identify, track, and neutralize the enemy’s radio frequency sources. These include radar, communications, and RF sources. These missiles use GPS and inertial navigation. Computerized mechanism.

Rudram employs a system to identify, classify, and engage radio frequency sources over a broad spectrum. This System is known as the “Passive homing head.” Once the Rudram missile latches on the target, it can attack correctly even if the radiation source turns off. According to the fighter jet’s launch parameters, the missile’s range is over 100 kilometers.

Rudram-1 target enemy air defenses (SEAD) Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses, Destroying enemy communication systems, and monitoring radar sites with a 250 km range and Mach 2 speed (twice the speed of sound). Rudram-2 and Rudram-3 have ranges of 350 and 550 kilometers, respectively are under development. The DRDO-developed weaponry is produced by BDL and BEL (BEL).

ASTRA 

Launched in the early 2000s, the Astra project completed its Mk 1 version development phase Around 2017. Astra has had several successful tests since 2017 from Sukhoi MKIs. 

The Astra MK-1 falls into BVR. Beyond visual range, AAM Air to air missile BVR missiles can engage beyond the range of up to 37 kilometers. Missile’s name comes from the ancient language, and it means Weapon. 

Astra Mk-1 has a range of 110 km, while MK2 is under development and will have a 150 range. The third version of the Astra MK 3 will have a more extended range than MK-2. 

In terms of Strategic Significance, being an indigenous weapon developed by DRDO will reduce dependency on foreign sources.

DRDO is the Ministry of Defence’s R&D (Research and Development) wing, intending to provide India with cutting-edge defense technologies.

The missile is developed per the Indian air force requirements for BVR and close air combat engagement. 

AAMs with BVR give fighter aircraft vast standoff ranges to neutralize enemy airborne assets without compromising themselves to air defense measures. StandoffStandoff range indicates the missile is launched far enough away to avoid target defenses.

Astra is more advanced and cost-effective than many of its competitor’s missiles. The missile can travel faster than sound and reach 20 kilometers in altitude, making it adaptable for air combat.

The missile is fully incorporated on the Sukhoi 30 MKI I and will be integrated with other fighters, including the LCA Tejas, making it Tejas’s primary BVR missile. 

Tejas’s Onboard AESA radar, combined with the Astra, will surely make the Tejas a formidable fighter jet. 

SAAW ( Smart Anti Air Field Weapon) 

In The Tejas indigenous weapon package display is a DRDO’s Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW). It is a long-range, precision-guided anti-airfield weapon. It can engage terrestrial targets at 100 km with excellent precision (62 mi).

SAAW is a lightweight, high-precision guided bomb meant to attack ground targets like runways, bunkers, aircraft hangars, and other enemy infrastructures

It weighs 120 kg (260 lb), has deep penetration capabilities, carries a powerful explosive payload, and has a long standoff range of 100 km (62 mi), allowing the Indian Air Force to strike targets, such as enemy airfields, without putting pilots and aircraft at danger.  It’s DRDO’s first fully indigenous anti-airfield Weapon. 

Already tested and fired from jaguar, Sukhoi 30, and soon to be integrated with LCA Tejas will make it more lethal. 

LRGB: Large Range Glide Bomb

next is in the package includes Large range glide bomb. DRDO has produced two versions of the glide bomb: Gaurav, which has a 100-km range containing a Pre-fragmented and penetration-blast warhead. Gautham’s non-winged variant has a 30 km range and will increase to 100 km. It has onboard navigation and guidance systems and a pre-fragmented warhead.

Tactical Advanced Range Augmentation (TARA)

This mystery weapon has a negligible amount of official information available. However, it’s very similar in looks and structure to Israel-made spice kits. Tara is a precision guide smart kit that can convert a general bomb into a precision strike weapon. 

ASPJ ( ADVANCE SELF PROTECTION JAMMER): 

It plays the role of an ECM electronic countermeasure system that jams the hostile radar signal, thus protecting the Tejas. Tejas has an ‘Advanced Self Protection Jammer’ to block the acquisition, fire control, anti-aircraft, and multirole radars. Developed in Hyderabad, it gives the LCA electronic warfare capabilities. Integrating missiles, radar, and EW systems into LCA increases its indigenous content and makes it mission-ready. 

AESA RADAR: UTTAM

The fourth-generation LCA Tejas’ capabilities are supplemented by an Advanced Electronically Scanned Array Radar (Uttam), five airborne propelled weapons, and an Electronic Warfare (EW) Jammer. The ‘Uttam’ radar is a cutting-edge sensor that is exceedingly compact and versatile. The radar is created at a facility in Bangalore.