Daily Archives: April 8, 2016

Russia to start fitting Mi-24 gunships with Vitebsk electronic warfare system

Published: Thursday, 07 April 2016

Russia is planning to equip Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters of the air base in the Trans-Baikal Territory in East Siberia with Vitebsk electronic warfare systems before the yearend, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman Alexander Gordeyev told TASS on Thursday.

All the squadrons of Mi-8AMTSh [NATO reporting name: Hip] helicopters of the air base have been equipped with Vitebsk electronic warfare systems,” the spokesman said.

There are plans to mount Vitebsk electronic warfare systems on the air base’s Mi-24 [Hind] attack helicopters before the end of 2016,” he added.

The Mi-8AMTSh helicopters make up 50% of the air base’s organic military hardware.

It was reported earlier that Vitebsk electronic warfare systems were planned to be mounted on all the Mi-8AMTSh helicopters of the Eastern Military District.

The helicopters are undergoing upgrade at the aircraft-repairing enterprises in the Trans-Baikal and the Khabarovsk Territories, as well as at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.

The Vitebsk electronic warfare system can detect that the helicopter may be attacked by the enemy’s fighter jets, air defense missile and artillery systems.

The system can suppress the optical homing heads of air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, including the homing heads of missiles launched from mobile air defense missile systems.

Original post airrecognition.com

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Vitebsk: Defender of helicopters and attack aircraft

Close up shot at  Vitebsk at lower left corner in photo

This year at Akhtubinsk airfield, tests were carried out by firing 20 homing missiles from the Igla MANPADS at a Mi-8 helicopter. Before they reached the helicopter, every missile abruptly changed course upward, with not one hitting its target. The helicopter was equipped with the Vitebsk electronic warfare system developed by KRET. (See actual test video below)

This once again clearly demonstrates that Vitebsk can protect Russian planes and helicopters from antiaircraft missiles.

Vitebsk electronic warfare system can be clearly seen are those silver objects 

The Vitebsk electronic warfare system allows an airplane or helicopter to “see” in a radius of several hundred kilometers. It can determine who is aiming at the helicopter, and after a missile is fired, can lead the missile elsewhere so it misses its target. This applies to all missiles, whether equipped with radar, infrared, or combined guidance systems.

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Interestingly, when this system is onboard, it can protect not only the helicopter or plane, but everything within a certain radius, forming an “electronic canopy” around the object being protected.

Vitebsk electronic warfare systems have passed all tests and have already been installed onboard aircraft such as the Ka-52 Alligator, Su-25 attack helicopters, and the Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter. Why Vitebsk is primarily installed in helicopters and attack aircraft? According to experts, they are in closest proximity to the enemy, and often more exposed to air defense attacks.  Source kret.com

See details of Mi-24: HERE

Kuwait Confirmed as Launch Customer for Typhoon Captor-E (AESA) radar

 

Apr 08, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

Kuwait is to become the launch customer of the Eurofighter Typhoon’s Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The country will be the first to flight test the new technology upon delivery of its long awaited order for 28 of the multi-role fighters. Finmeccanica, who has taken the lead on the Kuwait sale has said that the Typhoons that will be delivered to Kuwait will be the most advanced configuration of the type, and will include the company’s Praetorian defensive aids suite and Pirate infrared search and track system.

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Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar

Eurofighter Typhoon: HERE

Australia Cleared for FMS of $386M in GBU-39s

 

Apr 08, 2016 00:30 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

Australia has been cleared to purchase up to 2,950 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs by the US State Department. The $386 million sale will include the provision of up to 50 Guided Test Vehicles (GTV) with GBU-39 (T-1)/B (Inert Fuze) as well as containers, weapons system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment. Included additionally are US Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

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GBU-39 (Small Diameter Bomb Increment I)

Australia – GBU-39 (Small Diameter Bomb Increment I)

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WASHINGTON, Apr. 6, 2016 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for GBU-39 (Small Diameter Bomb Increment I) and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $386 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 4, 2016.

The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE):
Up to 2,950 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I)
Up to 50 Guided Test Vehicles (GTV) with GBU-39 (T-1)/B (Inert Fuze)

This request also includes the following Non-MDE: containers, weapons system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The total estimated value of MDE is $172 million. The total overall estimated value is $386 million.

Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major contributor to political stability, security, and economic development in the Pacific region and globally.

The sale of SDB I supports and complements the on-going sale of the F-35 to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This capability will strengthen combined operations and increase interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and the RAAF. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment will not alter the basic military balance in the region. Source dsca.mil

GBU-39/B Weapon:

•  Dimensions: (L x W): 70.8″ x 7.5″ (1.8 m x 19 cm)
•  Weapon Weight: 285 pounds (130 kg)
•  Warhead: 206 lb. (93 kg) penetrating blast fragmentation
•  Warhead penetration: >3 feet of steel reinforced concrete
•  Fuze: electronic safe/arm fuze 
•  Standoff maximum range: more than 60 nautical miles
•  Precision inertial navigation system/GPS
•  Anti-jam GPS and selective-ability anti-spoofing module

Source boeing.ca