Nicknamed "Supercrocodile": the army began upgrading helicopters
The revision of multipurpose percussion machines is carried out on the basis of combat experience gained in Syria
A large-scale Mi-35M helicopter modernization program starts in the Russian army. According to the "Izvestia" Ministry of Defense, the updated machines will receive a Mi-35MV index. They will install new armor, engines and long-range optics, which will allow a few kilometers away at any time of the day and in any weather to find and destroy targets. Helicopters will also receive an electronic warfare system and protection from man-portable air defense systems. Work on updating the rotorcraft fleet began after studying the experience of using the Mi-35M in Syria, where they confirmed their high flight and combat qualities.
The fundamental decision to modernize the Mi-35M has already been made, sources in the military department told Izvestia. At the moment, the terms of reference are being prepared to guide developers and designers. After modernization, the helicopters will seriously increase their combat effectiveness - the modified machine in the army has already received the nickname "Super Crocodile".
Mi-35M helicopters, created in the middle of zero years, the Ministry of Defense began to massively buy after the military conflict with Georgia. The army urgently needed a modern attack helicopter, since the machines of the new generation, the Mi-28 and Ka-52, were not yet mass-produced by industry.
By the way, before the start of the operation in Syria, the Mi-35M helicopters were going to gradually withdraw from the armed forces. However, combat experience has shown that this machine is still one of the best Russian helicopters and it is not advisable to abandon it.
The upgraded Mi-35MV will be equipped with a unique OPS-24N1 surveillance system, an onboard defense complex against President-S anti-aircraft weapons and a new radar. He will also receive new engines and reservations. The updated equipment will turn the helicopter into a modern flying airborne assault vehicle.
The OPS-24N1 system will provide pilots with a circular review. It combines four stabilized optoelectronic observation stations: two of them are installed on the wings, one on the tail rotor support beam, and another one in the nose of the helicopter. The image obtained from them is displayed on the displays in the cockpit.
This equipment will allow to detect and recognize targets at a distance of several kilometers in any weather and at any time of the day, as well as in case of strong smoke, which is especially important on the battlefield. These capabilities are provided by a unique SWIR camera with a photoreceiver module capable of converting a range of ultrashort waves that is invisible to the human eye.
The airborne defense complex “President-S” provides protection against anti-aircraft guided missiles and air-to-air missiles equipped with radar and infrared homing heads. "President-S" will inform the crew in real-time about the radar or laser exposure of the aircraft, and, if necessary, will activate the operation of optical-electronic interference devices or heat traps.
The helicopter is equipped with a mobile 23-mm caliber twin-barreled artillery gun, caliber 23 mm, unguided rockets and Sturm anti-tank guided missiles. He can also deliver up to seven fighters to the battlefield.