The case of such pulse doppler radar based MAWS were also critized exactly for the fact that they have to much range and could notify enemy SHORAD,Radars and any other SAM long before entering their air space/weapon range.
My understanding of the system is that it is a low energy MMW radar system that pretty much only detects the presence and general direction of an incoming threat.
It has no tracking capability.
Totally different principle. Arena detects it right at the last moment, which is fine for interception.
The ARENA system ignores anything detected at greater than 50m because it is not relevant to the system. That is not to say it can't detect things at greater distances...
I would say the system on the Hind is almost EXACTLY like ARENA... except instead of launching a munition to intercept the incoming threat, it warns the pilots of a threat and its direction and fires flares and chaff automatically.
If you had a 1970s level tech radar in that tiny Mi-24 bulb, what good what it do? Whole point is to give the helicopter warning time.
I think you are confusing the term radar here... you might be thinking BARS, but in actual fact it is more like the simple units in 1950s planes that can get a direction and range to a target but not much else.
Think of the MMW submunitions in Smerch rockets in 1988... they scan in the direction the self forging fragment is aiming at... the parachute attached to the submunition makes it spin as it falls so the sensor scans a circular pattern as it falls... if it detects a lump of flat metal it fires... nothing complex or super advanced... it is like the laser at the door of a shop that rings a bell or buzzer when someone goes in or out (ie breaks the beam).
Does Russia still manufacture new SU-25/39's ?
Russian produces the two seater Su-25UB which is also the basis for the Su-25TM (Su-39).
An Mi-17 with MAWS has crashed in Iraq, it's unknown whether shot down or an accident but someone said MANPAD.
Sadly MAWS don't make an aircraft 100% safe.
Iraq is really turning in to a military equipment grave yard.
War is a test. A training ground. For those without men on the ground you can call it a game, but the things at stake make such terms irrelvant... there is too much at stake to call it a mere game.