Telephonics to supply SAR radar for Mi-17V-5 helicopters


Griffon's wholly-owned subsidiary Telephonics has received a contract to supply weather avoidance search and rescue (SAR) radars for installation on the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Mi-17V-5 helicopters.

As part of the contract, awarded by Kazan Helicopters, Telephonics will deliver a total of 85 RDR-1600 radars.

Telephonics chief operating officer Kevin McSweeney said: "Being chosen by Kazan and the Indian Air Force for the second time demonstrates the effectiveness and reliability of the RDR-1600 in challenging environments."

Around 93 units of the airborne, weather avoidance and surveillance radar were successfully integrated earlier in support of the IAF Mi-17V-5 helicopters.

"As part of the contract, awarded by Kazan Helicopters, Telephonics will deliver a total of 85 RDR-1600 radars."

Capable of delivering long-range detection and reliable performances in extreme conditions, the lightweight RDR-1600 allows the IAF to perform all-weather missions.

Featuring weather alert, beacon detection and ground mapping operational modes, the system enhances mission effectiveness and safety by delivering accurate and precise information to the flight crew.

An export version of the Mi-8 Hip helicopter, the Mi-17 is equipped with two TV3-117BM turboshaft engines, ten large-calibre machine guns, four outboard cassettes with 20 unguided missiles and night vision goggles (NVG).

The avionics set includes radio and flight navigation equipment for rapid troop airlift and air-fire support missions during day, night and adverse weather conditions, along with de-icing equipment.

Equipped with a loading ramp instead of clam-shell doors, the aircraft is fitted with an additional door, a new dolphin nose and can transport up to 35 members.

Expected to start deliveries to Kazan in early summer 2013, final deliveries are set to be completed in 2014.

Image: The Indian Air Force's Mi-8 will be replaced with Mi-17V-5 helicopters. Photo courtesy of Pritishp333.