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 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.
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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