- Sep 8, 2020
The Spectra-SAP combo has been hanging on my mind too. That said Spectra is not an escort jammer. I am talking purely in the context of a strike package which would consist of MKI-EW, Rafales, MKIs etc.The MKI now have the heavy SAP Jammers for that role which is more or less a Growler equivalent. Those jammers have been used extensively over Syria to great effect.
What will be interesting to know is how the SAP and Spectra will interact together. Such as will there be interference?
I think a big benefit of now having Rafale and the newer SAP jammers on MKIs is that both aircraft can be pitted against one another. I think an MKI practicing against Rafales and Rafales practicing against MKIs can much better prepare Indian pilots for threats against Pakistan and China. With better trained Indian pilots using generally better avionics it would probably be more difficult for Indian pilots to score kills against other Indian pilots as opposed to scoring kills against the real enemy. Pakistan can train F-16 vs JF-17 but it would, in my opinion, be less valuable then Rafales training against MKIs. Especially in terms of electronic warfare capabilities.
* The question still remains. SU57 developed as an escort jammer.