Aero India 2017: Alpha Design Technologies signs USD30 million deal with Elbit Systems for MI-17 upgrade

17 February 2017

Indian private company Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL) has announced the signing of a USD30 million deal with Israel's Elbit Systems to jointly upgrade Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Elbit Systems, the prime contractor for the programme, will be responsible for the upgrade of 90 Mi-17 helicopters, with ADTL as the major offset partner supplying and integrating key systems at its facility in Bangalore. All 90 Mi-17 helicopters slated to receive the avionics upgrade are from the IAF's older batches of Mi-17s and Mi-17-1Vs.

According to an ADTL official, the Mi-17 upgrade includes radar warning receivers (RWRs), countermeasures dispensing systems (CMDSs), missile launch detection systems (MILDSs), global positioning systems (GPSs), identification friend-or-foe (IFF) systems, multifunction colour displays, weather radars, radio altimeters, Doppler velocity sensors, and traffic collision avoidance systems (TCASs).

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