In a bid to increase the efficiency of Mi-17 helicopters, the Indian Air Force is now planning to install new Electronic Warfare Suite in the helicopters.
The plan is to equip nearly 90 Mi-17 helicopters with the new Electronic Warfare Suite (EW Suit) by Chandigarh-based 3rd Aircraft Repair Depot. Of the 90 helicopters, 56 Mi-17s and 34 Mi-17-1Vs will be upgraded with the new EW suites. The suites will increase the capabilities of the helicopters to operate in a hostile environment in an effective manner.
An EW suite comprises a radar warning receiver, a missile approach warning system, and a countermeasures dispensing system. It will allow helicopters to operate in the hostile region and the EW suite will ensure protection against radar guided missiles and heat-seeking missiles.