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IAF pilots get life support from DRDO

Tejas MRCA’s Integrated Life-Support System, built by Larsen & Toubro
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an integrated life support system (ILSS) for fighter aircraft pilots, joining a select band of advanced nations having this technology.

Developed by the DRDO’s Defence Bio-engineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL) and other labs including ADA, the technology will first go into the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Tejas aircraft.

“An ILSS is a state-of-the-art technology enabling a fighter pilot to venture into the limits of the aircraft capability in terms of flight altitudes and G-forces,” DRDO said in a statement here on Wednesday.

The engineering model of ILSS prototype has been rolled out from DEBEL and handed over to Tejas Programme Director, Aeronautical Development Agency, P S Subramanyam for fitment and further trials. The ILSS, can later be customised to the needs of other Indian aircraft capable of long duration flights such as MiG-29, SU-30 and Mirage-2000.

ILSS essentially performs the tasks of protecting the pilots against the extremes of altitudes, during aerial combats and also provides breathing 100 per cent oxygen in case of ejection from aircraft. The On-board Oxygen Generation System keeps the oxygen status of pilots always to the sea level condition.

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