Tuesday, 12 April 2011

IAF fighters being fitted with OBOGS

The Indian Air Force (IAF) fighters will be integrated with On-board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS). OBOGS is a gadget for generating oxygen during flight. The product has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), country’s premier defence research arm. OBOGS does away with heavy oxygen cylinders inside tha aircraft. This will enable longer flight durations and extra weapons load. The OBOG is being integrated into India’s own fighter aircraft, the LCA Tejas Mark II. OBOG is based on a sieve-like structure.OBOG is fitted into the main frame of the aircraft. The function of the OBOGS is to concentrate the oxygen available in the atmosphere and removes nitrogen content from it.
“Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has started the ground integration process of OBOGS in the Technology Demonstrator (TD) version of the LCA Mark-II. After LCA it will be integrated in all the frontline aircraft of the IAF,” says William Selvamurthy, Chief Controller, Life Science, DRDO.
DRDO has approved Larsen and Toubro (L&T) as the industrial partner in further development of OBOG and its production. The current model is a two-bed system and a three-bed system is being worked on.
“We plan to prepare our aircraft for non-stop intercontinental sorties. Once developed the three-bed system would be integrated on all the frontline fighters of the IAF. It would also enable the aircraft to carry extra payload,” Selvamurthy says.
In addition DRDO has a roadmap for enhancing the pilot endurance due to induction of refullers and AWACS