Russia Will Use Mi-38 as Protected Air Command Post

  • Mi-38 will be modified to be able to collect and process information about the course of combat operations in real time.
  • MI-38 will be equipped with an electronic warfare system that will protect the rotorcraft from anti-aircraft missile systems and aircraft missiles.
  • The main element of the electronic warfare system is a digital jammer.

Russia announced that a Russian made medium multi-purpose helicopter will have capabilities to be used as a protected air command post (VCP) by the beginning of the next year. The helicopter that will be repurposed for such operations is the army version of the Mi-38.  It will be modified to be able to collect and process information about the course of combat operations in real time, as well as to coordinate the actions of the military. The model MI-38T was delivered to the Russian military in December 2019.

The MI-38 will be equipped with the electronic warfare system that will protect the rotorcraft from anti-aircraft missile systems and aircraft missiles.

According to the Russian news announcement, the new VKP will be equipped with an onboard defense complex (L370V38S “Vitebsk”) for round-the-clock use on the Mi-35M.

The M-35 was first designed during the Soviet Era in the 1980s. However, the project was not finished due to Soviet Union collapse in 1991. The project was resurrected in 2015.

MI-38 Specifications: 

  • Load capacity is 5000 kg.
  • It lifts 6,000 kg into the sky.
  • Capacity to have 30 passengers on board.
  • Engine ТВ7-117 designed in St. Petersburg.
  • The projected cost of the helicopter is $17 million.

The MI-38 will be equipped with the electronic warfare system that will protect the rotorcraft from anti-aircraft missile systems and aircraft missiles. The electronic warfare system Vitebsk will be able to warn the crew about the impact of a laser on MI-38. Also, it will be able to notify the crew about missile launches with infrared and optical guidance.

Russia is focused on electronic warfare and will continue to use new technology to enhance its defense arsenal. Russia is dangerous to the West and poses a risk to the global infrastructure.

Vitebsk is a Russian electronic warfare system for individual protection of aircraft and helicopters. Vitebsk protection is provided by setting up optical and electronic interference. The main element of the electronic warfare system is a digital jammer. It is an evolved version of the Sorption. It is also forces the enemy radar signal into a wider frequency range.

The complex includes a system of protection against missiles with a thermal homing head (TGSN), blinding enemy missiles with a laser searchlight dubbed President-S. Russia started producing President-S in 2015 and is able to produce close to 100 units per year. The President-S BKO consists of laser radiation detection equipment, an ultra-violet direction finder for launching missiles, an optoelectronic suppression station, devices for ejecting false thermal targets, and a control system for the complex.

Structurally, the BKO equipment is made in the form of blocks (stations) that can be placed both inside the fuselage of the helicopter and on external attachment points. “President” has shown its efficiency during testing.

Russia is focused on electronic warfare and will continue to use new technology to enhance its defense arsenal. Russia is dangerous to the West and poses a risk to the global infrastructure.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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