NTRO to acquire airborne reconnaissance and target acquisition platforms

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    Entrusted with the task of conducting persistent, all-weather year-round surveillance of the 4,057km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) since 2004 along the un-demarcated Sino-Indian border, the Dehra Dun-based National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) is soon expected to acquire up to two airborne reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, and target acquisition (RISTA) platforms, which will be flown and maintained by the Research & Analysis Wing’s Aviation Research Centre, but will come under the NTRO’s operational control.

    The new acquisitions will supplement the ARC’s existing fleet of two Israel Aerospace Industries-built Astra 1125 twinjets that are both equipped with belly-mounted long-range oblique photography cameras. The to-be-selected RISTA platform for the NTRO is widely believed to be a customised version of the SEMA, which has been developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The SEMA can be used for strategic SIGINT operations as well as theatre-wide battlespace surveillance. For the latter role, the SEMA, using the Gulfstream Aerospace-built G-550 bizjet as the platform, can be equipped with the EL/M-2060P synthetic aperture radar (SAR) — developed by the ELTA Systems subsidiary of IAI, for real-time ground moving target indication (GTMI). The EL/M-2060P is capable of tracking hostile ground targets — both stationary and mobile — 300km away and using Ku-band and X-band data links for transmitting battlespace reconnaissance data to ground-based theatre command-/Corps-level HQs in real-time. When used for SIGINT missions, the SEMA comes equipped with a belly-mounted EL/I-3001 SIGINT suite that will search, intercept, measure, localise, analyse, classify and monitor short-duration ground and airborne transmissions and their signals parameters — all aimed at building up, in real-time, a full-spectrum picture of the electronic order of battle.

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