IAF for In­dian EW suite for Mi-17V5 fleet


In a com­mit­ment to­wards In­dian avion­ics and elec­tronic tech­nol­ogy that have made a global mark in re­cent years, the In­dian Air Force has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to pro­cure and in­stall elec­tronic war­fare (EW) suites com­pris­ing radar warn­ing re­ceiver (RWR), mis­sile ap­proach warn­ing sys­tem (MAWS) and coun­ter­mea­sure dis­pens­ing sys­tem (CMDS) on all Mi-17V5 he­li­copters. Ad­di­tion­ally, lim­ited Mi-17V5 would also be in­te­grated with laser warn­ing re­ceiver (LWR) and di­rected in­frared coun­ter­mea­sure (DIRCM). The pro­pos­als are in­vited from In­dian ven­dors only, stip­u­lates the re­quest for in­for­ma­tion that is likely to be hotly con­tested by a raft of firms that have gen­er­ated ca­pa­bil­i­ties in this field through col­lab­o­ra­tions and or­ganic re­search in re­cent years.

With the V5 vari­ant of the work­horse Mi-17 ce­ment­ing its po­si­tion as the ro­tor­craft back­bone of the IAF, the in­te­grated EW suite is in­tended to pro­vide cru­cial ca­pa­bil­i­ties of in­ter­cept­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing, pri­ori­tis­ing and dis­play­ing air­borne and ground-based threat from radars and mis­siles to the pi­lot and ef­fec­tively pro­vide self-pro­tec­tion to the he­li­copter against radar con­trolled weapon and IR seek­ing mis­siles by em­ploy­ing dif­fer­ent coun­ter­mea­sures (chaffs, flares, di­rected in­frared, etc). The de­ploy­ment of Mi-17s in hos­tile sce­nario, in­clud­ing In­dia’s ‘Red Cor­ri­dor’ has spurred the need for greater sur­viv­abil­ity equip­ment and gear.

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