Russia’s Mi-28 Attack Helicopter to Get Laser Missile Defense Gear


17:27 21.05.2016(updated 18:09 21.05.2016)

Russia’s Mi-28 Night Hunter attack helicopters will soon be equipped with an advanced on-board laser system to defend against MANPAD missiles and air-to-air missiles, a senior adviser to the deputy head of the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told RIA Novosti.

According to Vladimir Mikheyev, the electronic jamming station features a laser illumination detector, an ultraviolet missile approach warning system, an electro-optical electronic warfare system, decoy flares, and a control system to considerably increase the helicopters’ combat survivability.

“The system is now undergoing final trials and will soon be installed on all of our Mi-28 helicopters,” Mikhevev told RIA.

The Mil Mi-28 (NATO reporting name “Havoc”) is an all-weather, day-night, military tandem, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopter. It carries a single gun in an under-nose barbette, plus external loads carried on pylons beneath stub wings.

KRET had earlier announced that it was going to equip Russia’s MiG-35 multirole fighter jets with the latest platform-less inertial navigation system.

The LINS-100RS and BINS-SP2 inertial systems are designed to determine the location of the object, complex processing and delivering navigation and flight information.

They are also able to determine the coordinates and parameters of an object in the autonomous mode and in the absence of terrestrial, marine or space signals.

The Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern, Russia’s biggest in its field, is a holding company focused on electronic warfare and aircraft instruments, radio-electronic systems and various measuring apparatuses.

Original post @sputniknews.com


Vitebsk electronic warfare system

The system being mentioned most likely be the Vitebsk electronic warfare system developed by KRET.

Seen here under the Ka-52 helicopter near the landing gear and picture below

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.

Russian Mi-8 helicopter in Syria fitted with Vitebsk electronic warfare system

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. 

See related post:

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

Another system which are being fitted on Mi-8 is the Rychag electronic warfare system

Mil Mi-8MTPR-1 with Rychag EWS

Two_more_Mi_8MTPR1_helicopters_delivered_to_640_640_001KRET’s Rychag-AV jamming system fitted on Mi-8MTPR1 helicopter

The Russian Richag-AV is a groundbreaking radar and sonar jamming system developed by KRET and designed for integration on rotary-wing aircraft, ships and other military platforms such as airplanes and ground vehicles. This new system is the successor of the Smalta jamming system developed in the 1970s with an effective range of 100 kilometers. The Richag-AV is able to jam advanced sensor systems from distances of several hundred kilometers away. The jamming capabilities also may include other detection systems with the aim of defending aircraft, helicopter, drones, ground and naval forces. The system utilizes multi-beam antenna arrays with�DRFM (Digital Radio Frequency Memory) technology jamming any radiofrequency based weapon system. Richag-AV can be employed to carry out radar-based intelligence gathering finding foreign sources of electromagnetic radiation. An onboard database allows to quickly determine the type of targeted radar finding the most effective way of jamming. According to KRET the Richag-AV has no equivalent in the world. KRET delivered the first batch of three Mi-8MTPR1 helicopter-mounted Richag-AV to the Russian Armed Forces on March 4, 2015. The Russian Armed Forces will take delivery of 18 Mi-8MTPR1 systems by October 2016. Source @deagel.com

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