IAF to upgrade 90 Mi-17 helicopters
So as to enhance their self-defence capabilities, the Indian Air Force is upgrading some 90 earlier variant Mi-17 helicopters with Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. Of these medium-lift helicopters, 56 Mi-17 and 34 Mi-17 1V, will be upgraded by No.3 Base Repair Depot at Chandigarh in collaboration with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The new EW suite is equipped with radar warning receiver (RWR), a missile approach warning system (MAWS) and counter measure dispensing system (CMDS). It is expected that the upgradation task will be completed within 48 months including training an initial batch of pilots, flight engineers and flight gunners to operate the new systems.