Thales Selected to Modernize IFF on Indian MiG-29s

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Thales will deliver the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK-MiG) avionic identification systems to be installed in 63 upgraded MiG-29 aircraft bound to India. The systems, part of Thales’ TSB 2500 family of Interrogator Friend/Foe (IFF) systems, comprise Combined Interrogator Transponder (CIT) and Cryptographic National Secure Mode (NSM). These systems will retrofit into Indian MiG-29 multi-role fighters.

The systems will be delivered as part of the first building block of a comprehensive secure identification capability to be fielded in India mid-2011. This modern, digital system is compliant with the NATO Standard MKXA2 modes, enabling the Indian Air Force MiG-29 fighter aircraft to be interoperable with western military aircraft. The system can securely operate either with cryptographic national mode or with the Mode 4 / Mode 5 NATO modes. This new cryptographic mode will establish a first national secure identification capability, enhancing India’s communications and identification security.