June 17, 2014

Software Upgrade Solves IAF Su-30MKI’s Display Problem

A software upgrade has solved the Indian Air Force Su-30MKI’s cockpit displays and head up display (HUD) blanking off problem. Besides, a failure of the mission computer has been addressed to by replacing the faulty computer wherever necessary.
The display blanking off and mission computer failure had caused a furore in the media earlier this year after hackers released correspondence between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Rosorobonexport, in which the latter had complained of this serious issue dogging Indian Air Force’s front line fighter aircraft.
HAL chairman, R K Tyagi has been quoted as saying that the display issue afflicted only a limited number of the earliest batch of Su-30 aircraft which had been imported from Russia. “Very few aircraft reported the issue of mission computer failure and HUD blanking-off”, Tyagi has been quoted in Deccan Herald newspaper.
He clarified that the issue was intermittent in nature and related to aircraft having an older software version.


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