Mi-24PU1 helicopters ready for Ukraine
Ukroboronprom's Konotop aircraft repair plant Aviakon is ready to transfer three Mi-24PU1 attack helicopters to the Ukrainian armed forces, Ukroboronprom announced on 9 September.
The new helicopter features a 30mm automatic cannon compatible with several missile types, including precision anti-tank guided missiles. It has also been integrated with the Adros missile protection system, which uses infra-red guidance to misguide missiles and protect the helicopter from Igla and Stinger man-portable air defence systems, as well as the R-73 and R-60 air-to-air missiles.
The Mi-24PU1 is powered by new Ukraine-made engines and modern sighting and navigation systems.
Roman Romanov, head of Ukroboronprom, said: 'Mi-24PU1 meets all modern warfare requirements, equipped with advanced electronics, effective system of protection and powerful weapons. This is the equipment defenders of our country need and the SC Ukroboronprom continues to supply the armed forces of Ukraine with this type of military equipment.'
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