Ukrainian Air Force has returned two unique electronic warfare versions of Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters to service.
On 21 December at the airfield of the Ozerne Air Base, during a solemn ceremony of transferring modernized and repaired weapons and military equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian Air Force has returned overhauled Mi-8MTPB and Mi-8MTPI electronic warfare helicopters to service.
Two unique electronic warfare versions of Soviet-era Mi-8 transport helicopter were overhauled at the SE”Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant “Aviakon”, part of UkrOboronProm.
The Mi-8MTPB is provided with long-range communication equipment and
The electronic countermeasure equipment can work both in the reconnaissance and electronic countermeasure modes or in the reconnaissance mode.
The Mi-8MTPI, as well as Mi-8MTPB, is an airborne jamming platform and communications intelligence platform, with a unique antenna array either side of the fuselage.
Both versions are quite rare and now there are only a few flying helicopters of this type in the world, including in Russia.