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Israeli radar means Tejas aircraft won't have world-class Meteor missile

The IAF had made the Meteor an essential pre-condition for ordering the fighter in large numbers

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Tejas Fighter Jets  |  Tejas  |  Indian Air Force

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

Equipping the Tejas Mark 1A with Elta’s ELM-2052 radar will ensure the fighter never carries the world-beating Meteor ‘beyond visual range’ air-to-air missile.

MBDA, the European consortium that builds the Meteor, has repeatedly told the IAF that it would only fit that missile onto a fighter with a European airborne radar, reports Ajai Shukla On October 26, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) watched from the sidelines as Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) signed two contracts with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which will condemn the ...

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First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 21:40 IST