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.

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It’s not surprising that Russian helicopters operating in Syria were never downed by MANPADS!

Close up shot at  Vitebsk at lower left corner in photo

Vitebsk: Defender of helicopters and attack aircraft

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.

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.

See details of Mi-24: HERE

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