Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced that the first final operational configuration (FOC) upgraded Mirage-2000 aircraft was flown on 28 July.
The 45-minute flight was piloted by HAL chief test pilot C. Subramaniam from the front cockpit and Indian Air Force (IAF) Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) wing commander Haldikar in the rear cockpit.
HAL CMD T. Suvarna Raju said: “We have done it again on time.
"What it proves is HAL’s capability of mid-life upgrade of platforms to overcome obsolescence issues, enhance the reliability and maintainability of these aircraft.
“The introduction of state of the art facility created for this project ensures the timely upgradation of the Mirage fleet.”
The FOC design was implemented on an initial operational configured (IOC) aircraft which was received at HAL about eight months ago.
Dassault and Thales of France designed the initial operation configuration.
Work under the FOC configuration included the integration of Indian specific weapons, sensors and EW system.
The FOC upgrade on Mirage 2000 gives additional capability of air to ground weapon, training, helmet mounted display, besides many others.
The system could integrate different types of data bus for IOC and FOC configuration without any degradation.
HAL was responsible for the entire design and development which includes mission computer hardware, OFP software, and system design and aircraft modification among others.
Raju further added: “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.”
The company is responsible for the IOC and FOC upgrade of the Mirage fleet of IAF.
Image: Mirage 2000 upgraded to FOC takes-off on schedule. Photo: courtesy of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).