The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to fit 90 legacy Mi-17-family helicopters with new electronic warfare (EW) suites, according to the Tribune newspaper. ”The IAF is upgrading its ageing Mi-17 helicopters, equipping them with EW suites in order to increase their capabilities to operate in effective manner in hostile environments,” the newspaper says.
The Chandigarh-based 3rd Aircraft Repair Depot will equip 90 IAF Mi-17-family helicopters, including 56 Mi-17s and 34 Mi-17-1Vs, with new EW systems in collaboration with the state-run Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) corporation. “In March, the IAF contacted BEL to discuss the issue,” the Tribune says.
The new EW suite will comprise a radar warning receiver, a missile approach warning system, and a countermeasures dispensing system. The upgrade is planned to be conducted in 48 months. “The IAF servicemen will be trained to operate the new [EW] systems,” the newspaper says.