Defence Avionics Research Establishment

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Coordinates: 12°59′11″N 77°40′19″E / 12.98636°N 77.67203°E / 12.98636; 77.67203

Defence Avionics Research Establishment
DirectorK. Maheswara Reddy[1]
AddressP.O. Box #9366,
CV Raman Nagar,
Bangalore - 560 093,
LocationBangalore, Karnataka, India
Operating agency
Defence Research and Development Organisation

Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) is a laboratory of the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).[2] Located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India,[3] It is one of the two DRDO laboratories involved in the research and development of airborne electronic warfare and mission avionics systems.


The organization was established in 1986 as a Project Laboratory, then named "Advanced Systems Integration and Evaluation Organisation" (ASIEO).[4] Dr. K. G. Narayanan headed ASIEO from its inception till 2002.[5]

On 1 June 2001, ASIEO became a full-fledged DRDO laboratory and was renamed as Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE).[5][6] The current director of DARE, since 2015, is K. Maheswara Reddy.[1]

Areas of work[edit]

DARE works on development of electronic warfare systems and mission avionics for aircraft. It is one the two laboratories of DRDO that works on electronic warfare systems, along with Defence Electronics Research Laboratory.[7]

ASIEO developed the first mission computer for Light Combat Aircraft in 1991. The computer was responsible for managing the interaction between avionics, displays, sensors and weapon systems.[8] It also developed a self-protection suite for the aircraft that included radar warning receiver, laser warning receiver, jammer, missile approach warning system, and countermeasure dispensers under a program named Mayawi in collaboration with Elisra.[9] Sukhoi Su-30MKI uses Tarang Mk 2 radar warning receiver developed by DARE and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited.[10] Its mission computer, radar processor and indication management computer were also developed by DARE and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's Hyderabad division.[11] In 2006, DARE partnered with EADS's defence electronics division to develop a missile approach warning system for the Indian Air Force based on the latter's AN/AAR-60 system.[12] The jointly developed system was put into trials in 2008 and was planned to be co-produced with Alpha Technologies.[13] DARE has also partnered with Elisra to jointly develop electronic warfare systems for Indian and Israeli aircraft.[7] DARE has utilized this partnership to develop an electronic warfare suite for Mikoyan MiG-29 named D-29.[14][15]

DARE has worked with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to develop avionics for upgrade programs for several Indian Air Force aircraft. It participated in the development of a mission computer for SEPECAT Jaguar and in the development of navigation and electronic warfare systems for Mikoyan MiG-27M.[16] DARE, in collaboration with Centre for Airborne Systems and Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, developed antennas for electronic warfare support measures and communication systems of DRDO AEW&CS.[17] DARE also developed a unified electronic warfare suite with an integrated radar jammer and a radar warning receiver for HAL Tejas. The system was flown on a prototype aircraft, PV-1.[18]


  1. ^ a b "DARE - Director's Profile". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Inaugural naval flight test seminar held at Goa". The Economic Times. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
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  4. ^ Warrier, B. S (8 October 2012). "A flypast of warfare and mission avionics". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Historical Background". Ministry of Defence (India). Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ Gokhale, B. N. (October 2011). "Electronic Warfare - War Without Weapons". SP's Aviation. SP Guide Publications.
  7. ^ a b John, Knowles (February 2009). "Charting the Course of Indian EW". Journal of Electronic Defense. 32 (2): 26–30. ISSN 0192-429X.
  8. ^ "Combat Aircraft Computer Ready". India Abroad. XXII (5). New York: India Abroad Publications. 1 November 1991. p. 10. ISSN 0046-8932.
  9. ^ Majumdar, Sayan (September–October 2014). "Tejas Redux: The Israeli Touch". Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review. No. 5. Society for Aerospace Studies. pp. 82–84.
  10. ^ Zord, Gábor; Goodman, Glenn (June 2009). "Protecting the World's Fighter Aircraft". Journal of Electronic Defense. 32 (6): 28–42. ISSN 0192-429X.
  11. ^ Fiszer, Michal (April 2005). "Indian Su-30MKIs Nearly Ready". Journal of Electronic Defense. 28 (4): 20–22. ISSN 0192-429X.
  12. ^ Richardson, E (August 2006). "INDIA AND EADS TO DEVELOP MISSILE WARNING SYSTEM". Journal of Electronic Defense. 29 (8): 23. ISSN 0192-429X.
  13. ^ Zord, Gábor (July 2008). "Europe's Emerging EW Needs". Journal of Electronic Defense. 31 (7): 32–42. ISSN 0192-429X.
  14. ^ Shukla, Ajai (17 December 2018). "Indigenous electronic warfare system ignored for IAF's Tejas aircraft". Business Standard.
  15. ^ "Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the year ended March 2014: Union Government (Defence Services) Air Force No. 38 of 2015" (PDF). Comptroller and Auditor General of India. p. 134.
  16. ^ "'A Globally Competitive Aerospace Industry'". Military Technology. Vol. 28 no. 7. Bonne: Mönch Publishing Group. July 2004. pp. 90–92. ISSN 0722-3226.
  17. ^ "On the Radar". Aviation Week & Space Technology. Vol. 172 no. 38. New York: Informa. 18 October 2010. p. 51. ISSN 0005-2175.
  18. ^ Waldron, Greg (12 January 2015). "Tejas tests Indian-made EW suite".

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