Mi-17V-5 helicopter equipped with President-S onboard defence system spotted in Egypt

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The Mi-17V-5 medium transport helicopter of Egyptian Air Force, equipped with the President-S defence system, was spotted during military exercise Bright Star 2017.

The Mi-17V-5 is the new version of the Mi-8/17 military transport helicopter. The helicopters carried out the tasks of medical evacuation in the course of the US-Egyptian joint exercise “Bright Star 2017” that began in Egypt on September 10, 2017. The Mi-17V-5 was equipped with the President-S defence system that automatically identifies missile launches aimed at the helicopter, jams missile heads and creates false heat targets.

Deliveries of President-S defence system to Egypt under this contract were started in the summer of 2016, Egyptian Mi-17V-5 helicopters equipped with this complex were first observed in October and November 2016.

President-S is intended to defeat primarily man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) such as the Russian Igla and the United Sates Stinger shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles.

The President-S system includes: control unit; radar warner; laser warner; missile attack warner; countermeasures dispenser of chaff cartridges, cartridges of infrared radiation, single use cartridges with transmitters, interference; no coherent optical-electronic suppression station; LSOEP laser jamming system; and SAP radiofrequency jammer.

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