Terminal Guidance: Made in India seekers dressed up for fire play

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  1. JAISWAL

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    Tarmak007 -- A bold blog on Indian defence: TERMINAL GUIDANCE: Made in India seekers dressed up for fire play
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    Bangalore/Hyderabad: Missile scientists of Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in Hyderabad are ready with studs that will sit pretty on the nose of India's future missiles. These Made in India studs – popularly known as radar seekers – ensure terminal guidance and single-shot kill probability (SSKP) for the missiles. It is now confirmed that a long-range anti-ballistic missile seeker is currently cajoled before it's unleashed for India's big-ticket spit-fire show - Programme Air Defence (AD).
    Scientists who might have been given a brief not to revel much to this 'Express-Seeker', shared in bits and pieces that the new seeker will undergo tests in 2012 before getting onboard Programme AD, during exo-atmospheric intercepts. A milli-metric wave, all-weather capability seeker was recently successfully flight-tested on anti-tank Nag missile. “Currently, both seekers (against a battle tanks and against missiles\aircraft) are undergoing a series of tests to prove its performance in a simulated environment and could be launched in a missile within one year,”
    sources said.
    A seeker eats up 60 per cent of a missile's cost and the transmitter polishes off a major chunk of a seeker's cost. “We are in the development
    phase and are making six seekers. The current tests include performance in temperature, vibration, shock and HILS (hardware in loop simulation). The range of the seeker depends upon the diameter of the antenna. The seeker dimension largely depends upon the target, which is small for an aircraft and large for a missile. What is most crucial is whether a seeker can deliver SSKP,”
    sources said.
    The Radar Seeker Test Facility (RASTEF) at RCI resembles a Hollywood recording studio with the anechoic chamber sure to stun a first-time visitor.
    Seekers in the next five years would have
    electronic beam steering, configurable processors so that it can take on a variety of targets. “They could work in dense electromagnetic environment, networked environment and carry out multiple functions of the missile like fuzing.
    Further down the line there would be seekers working in different electromagnetic bands of operation to beat deception as well as improve accuracies,” sources said.
    Currently the world leaders in missile seekers are Agat (Russia), Thales (France), Raytheon, Boeing (US)and Felex (Italy). It is a worthy wait as India masters the art of making seekers – one of the most denied missile technologies in the world.

    The cost of an imported seeker is Rs 2 crore and upwards and the Indian version is claimed to be 60-70 per cent lesser.
    A technology denied, is a technology derived?
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    Well, India might be almost there!
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    Great article Jaiswal. I have heard from sources for Astra 4 seekers were tested 3 foreign (French,Russian,Israeli) and 1 indigenous. The indigenous seeker performed the best among the 4.
     
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    yes, LF the Indian seekers were the best among the seekers tested on Astra.
    I have also heard from various sources that they are best in terms of realable and most accurate and also most mordern.
     
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    rci to be thanked for so much inputs and hard work:hail:

    leaving igmdp missiles aside the newer generation k-missiles will see faster testing and induction with very high rate of indigenous components embedded into it.
     
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    So now INDIA is going have an ICBM with a 10,000 km range very soon in the coming years. I think we will get our Anti-missile shield for long range missiles also,i.e. more than 3000 km range missiles.
     
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    Payeng Daku Mongol Singh

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    Any have any idea about chinese development in seeker technology?
     
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    Now do we really need US to lift ban on high-tech export to India ? :troll:
     
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    ban scare shit out of MoD. scientists are pressurized and we have good time admiring new techs.
    no cut down rather raise bans
     
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    what happen to this seekers which were brought from Russia...
    Russia To Provide "Seeker" Tech For Agni-V ICBM ~ ASIAN DEFENSE
     
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    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    They are using Russian Agat seekers in PL-12, like India is doing as of now
     
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    well if true then this indeed is a path-breaking event, as much important if not more than the IGMDP.Seeker technology is one of most closely guarded technology,something no amount of money can buy.
     
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    Well if true then this indeed is a path-breaking event, as much important if not more than the IGMDP.Seeker technology is one of most closely guarded technology,something no amount of money can buy.
     
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    Actually I was asking they should have active plans or research for acquiring suck seeker technology, some Chinese friends here might feed us with some information.
     

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