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July 1, 2015

KRET develops laser guidance system for helicopters

Rostec's Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) has developed a multi-channel laser guidance system for the Ka-52, Mi-8MNP, and Mi-28N helicopters.

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Rostec’s Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) has developed a multi-channel laser guidance system for the Ka-52, Mi-8MNP, and Mi-28N helicopters.

The new system is designed to control and guide missiles to a target through either automatic or manual honing. It will be able guide high-precision missiles and allow helicopters to use various types of missiles.

KRET deputy CEO Igor Nasenkov said: "KRET has created highly intelligent and innovative systems and had started to produce them.

"They will be universal, meaning they can be installed on both old and new technology alike."

"The new system is designed to control and guide missiles to a target through either automatic or manual honing."

The new system uses a powerful continuous wave (CW) solid-state laser with laser diodes. The laser scanning is powered by compact, low-inertia, acousto-optic, x/y-coordinate deflector.

KRET said the deflector operates without any mechanical components and is controlled by electrical signals.

The system features lower speed, minimised reliability, and increased size and weight with the support of an analogue control field generated solely by mechanical means.

According to Nasenkov, the laser technology meets a variety of requirements.

Nasenkov said: "In particular, the laser guidance system can be installed on helicopters as well as ground equipment, manpads, and drone."

KRET also added that the test conducted confirmed the high accuracy of the guided missiles and the overall reliability of the developed equipment.

Based in Russia, KRET unites more than 95 radio-electronic industrial companies, which are engaged in the development and production of a means of radio-electronic battle and development, state identification, and board radio-electronic equipment complexes and systems, among others.


Image: The new solution will allow helicopters to use various types of missiles. Photo: courtesy of Rostec.

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