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.

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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.