India is set to procure three Bombardier Global 6000 private jets for conversion into advanced Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platforms. The deal is worth around $1 billion and is expected to be finalized in the coming months.
The Bombardier Global 6000 is a long-range, twin-engine business jet that is capable of flying up to 14,000 kilometers without refueling. It is also equipped with a variety of sensors and systems that make it well-suited for ISTAR missions. These include a high-resolution electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera, a synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and a ground-moving target indicator (GMTI).
The ISTAR platforms will be used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to gather intelligence on a variety of targets, including enemy forces, infrastructure, and activities. They will also be used to support the IAF’s other missions, such as airstrike coordination and disaster relief.
The procurement of the Bombardier Global 6000 jets is a significant development for the IAF’s ISTAR capabilities. These jets will provide the IAF with a much-needed boost in its ability to gather intelligence and conduct surveillance operations.
In addition to the three Bombardier Global 6000 jets, India is also planning to develop its own ISTAR platforms. The DRDO is developing a number of indigenous ISTAR systems, including a radar-based system, an EO/IR system, and a SAR system. These systems are expected to be integrated into a variety of aircraft, including the HAL Tejas fighter jet and the HAL Akash air defense system.
The development of indigenous ISTAR systems is part of India’s efforts to reduce its dependence on foreign military hardware. It is also a way for India to develop its own indigenous defense industrial base.