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Elbit to upgrade Mi-17 helos of 'Asia-Pacific' country

08 February 2017

Elbit Systems is to upgrade the Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport helicopters of an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country over the next five years, the company announced on 8 February.

The latest iteration of the ANVIS/HUD 24T incorporates an upgraded display with colour symbology for an enhanced 'head out of the cockpit' capability. This system is thought to be the centre point of the newly announced 'Asia-Pacific' Mi-17 upgrade. (Elbit Systems)The latest iteration of the ANVIS/HUD 24T incorporates an upgraded display with colour symbology for an enhanced 'head out of the cockpit' capability. This system is thought to be the centre point of the newly announced 'Asia-Pacific' Mi-17 upgrade. (Elbit Systems)

The project is valued at USD110 million, including post-upgrade maintenance, and will see the avionics of "dozens of helicopters" modernised with new systems, Elbit said in a statement. While the specifics of the upgrade were not disclosed, it is understood to be centred on the company's Aviator Night-Vision Imaging System/Head-Up Display (ANVIS/HUD) 24T system for helicopters.

The standard ANVIS/HUD 24T is currently in service with a number of armed forces, including those of Israel and the United States, and aims to increase the crew's situational awareness by providing a 'head out of the cockpit' capability to the flight crew. A line-of-sight tracker fitted to the pilot's helmet correlates his or her vision with navigation waypoints, targets, and threats, and displays these directly into the pilot's field-of-view by means of bespoke symbology. It is particularly suitable for flying in degraded visual conditions, such as in poor weather and at night.

With the flight data displayed directly into the pilot's field-of-view, he or she is able to fly the mission with greatly enhanced situational awareness. (Elbit Systems)With the flight data displayed directly into the pilot's field-of-view, he or she is able to fly the mission with greatly enhanced situational awareness. (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems offers the ANVIS/HUD 24T to Mi-8/17 operators as part of its wider 'Andor' upgrade that features electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, glass cockpit multifunction displays, weather radar, new weapons, electronic self-defence upgrades, and new communications/navigation avionics.

Elbit did not say who the customer is, but the Mi-8/17 is fielded by a number of Asia-Pacific countries comprising Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, North Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

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