One-stop shop [ID18D1]

06 November 2018

JSC 558 Aircraft Repair Plant (ARP, Hall A, Stand A265) is the only enterprise in Belarus providing a wide range of aviation services. Its main focus is on the repair and modernisation of various types of aircraft, including the Mi-8 (Mi-17, Mi-171) and Mi-24 (Mi-35) helicopters and Mikoyan MiG-29, Sukhoi Su-27, Su-22, Su-25 and Su-27, and Antonov An-2 aircraft.

Under the modernisation programmes, all aircraft and helicopters are protected by its own Satellite-M airborne ECM protection suite, which is operated from a control and display panel in the cockpit, giving the pilot the option to select the appropriate jamming mode, including constant operation, automatic activation and disabling. An example is the capability upgrade of the MiG-29, which also includes a phalanx of new extended-range precision air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons, and aerial bombs, as well as upgraded cockpit control and navigation instrumentation.

The company also pays much attention to the development and production of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) headed by the twin-boom Grif-K, whose composite construction ensures low infrared, radar and visual signature. Grif-K can operate in automatic and manual mode, with complete missions during day and night in various weather conditions.

Kondor-1 and Kondor-2 are intended for area defence missile system (ADMS) crew training, enabling the simulation of targets such as fighter jets, bombers and cruise missiles, while the hand-launched Bekard-1 and catapult-launched Bekard-2 provide electro-optic night/ day terrain reconnaissance over an operational range from 15 to 25km. Both are landed by parachute.

The rotary-wing Shershen is designed for remote terrain monitoring within a range of up to 5km at any time of day and night in close to realtime mode using gyrostabilised video cameras.

Mosquito ВР-12 is also used for surveillance of distant terrain.

JSC 558 ARP also carries out certification testing and operator training.

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