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AUSA 2012: ASU Baltija offering new lightweight Mi-17 cockpit armour

22nd October 2012 - 13:44 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Washington DC


Helicopter MRO and Mi-8 engineering specialist firm ASU Baltija has unveiled a new armour kit for the Mi-17.

The company, in conjunction with partners US-based Flight Test Aerospace, developed the kit as part of the modernisation of three Mi-17s for the Rwandan Ministry of Defence.

ASU says the conformal armour is designed to blend in with the shape of the aircraft, but only has half the weight penalty of Russian-designed armour kits. The armour weighs in at 200 kg (440 lb).

'The system is considerably lighter than the previously available Russian kits, but because it is conformal, the aircraft retains

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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