Indigenous software makes Su30-MKI more compatible during Exercise Red FlagAugust 23rd, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): The Indian Air Force software experts from Bangalore based Software Development Institute (SDI) indigenously developed software patches to make Su30-MKI avionics compatible with NATO operational philosophy.
This wholly indigenous effort has saved valuable foreign. The IAF is participating in the exercise Red Flag, which is an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in USA.
Frontline Indian Sukhoi fighters are pitted against US and NATO air forces F-16s and F-15s in complex and advanced network centric operations — the toughest test for flying machines and men.
The SDI software has made the Su30-MKI platform more versatile and compatible with other Air Forces, said Wing Commander JS Gavankar, Software Engineer from SDI presently with the IAF contingent at Nellis.
The avionics software developed by the SDI has reduced the cockpit workload and has assisted in increasing the pilots situational awareness multifold, said Wing Commander J Singh, Flt Cdr of 20 squardon.
IAF technicians ensured a very high availability of aircraft for all exercise related requirements, during exercise Red Flag despite scorching heat and average tarmac temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius during flying hours. The exercise concludes its operations on August 23.
During extreme heat conditions there is a tendency of the flying machines to develop snags such as leaks in hydraulic systems, engine oil, gear box etc. The performance of avionics system also becomes erratic as integrated circuits develop problems in extreme heat conditions.
However due to proper planning and hard work of IAF technicians, aircraft serviceability was kept high at all times.
Appreciating the IAF technicians Colpnel Corey, Maintenance Commander of USAF base Nellis said: IAF has maintained amazing serviceability rate in a sustained manner during the entire exercise. This is because of in-depth planning, knowledge and focused approach of the maintainers.
Wing Commander JD Kapoor, Senior Engineering Officer of 20 Squardon said that IAF technical practices and systems are comprehensive and well defined and meticulous adherence to these have ensured high tarmac availability that allowed aircrews to perform their missions. (ANI)