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

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Russia to start fitting Mi-24 gunships with Vitebsk electronic warfare system
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.
Russia to equip first Mi 24 gunships with Vitebsk electronic warfare systems 640 001Russia's Mi-24 Hind gunship
"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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