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Sensor options supplier HENSOLDT will equip Ukrainian navy helicopters with detection and self-protection sensor know-how to assist the Soviet-era plane survive Russian missiles.

Sixteen Airborne Missile Safety Programs (AMPS) are being outfitted on the helicopters beneath a contract valued at tens of tens of millions of {dollars}.

“With the supply of AMPS, we’re making certain a rise within the protection functionality of the Ukrainian helicopters,” HENSOLDT Optronics managing director Tanya Altmann mentioned

“By integrating onto this platform for the primary time, we’re defending crews from a variety of threats, particularly surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles.”

Missile Safety System

The AMPS includes a missile launch detection sensor, a complicated management and show unit, and an lively acknowledgment system. 

The system establishes a detected missile’s vary and pace and eliminates false alarms.

The system’s modular design permits it to be mixed with numerous warning sensors and countermeasures akin to missile, laser, and radar warning programs.

Ukraine has a fleet of Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters as much as 45 years outdated.

Based on Ukrainian helicopter pilots, the platforms lack armor and are significantly weak in opposition to Russian air-to-air missiles, which may strike from a distance of 140 kilometers (87 miles).