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Possible configurations weapon systems on medium size helicopters

   Medium size helicopters can be deployed for assignments of close air support to infantry and special forces in anti-terrorist and anti-guerrila operations, and as a platform for action against important enemy targets from distances beyond the range of the enemy air defense.     

HELICOPTER INTEGRATION OF WEAPON SYSTEM COVERS:

1.            Installation of Attack - Navigation System

2.            Installation of Airborne Fire control system (Opto-electronic head)

3.            Integration of the weapon system

Depending on the selection of the weapons, the following configurations are possible:

1.            Pods with           

                -  7.62 mm (4 x 2),

                -  Aeronautical pod M08 with 12.7x108mm M87 machinegun (4 x 1)

                -  Aeronautical pod M09 with M55-09 gun 20x110 mm

                - 30 mm (4 x 1) grenade launchers.

Each weapon is housed in the pod with the pertaining ammunition kit, including 100 to 500 rounds depending on the type of the weapon, with the range of 800 to 2000 m.

2.            M09 SIDE-DOOR  MOUNTED MANUALLY-CONTROLED  7.62 mm

3.            M09 SIDE-DOOR  MOUNTED MANUALLY-CONTROLED  12.7 mm MACHINEGUN

4.            M09 REAR DOORWAY-MOUNTED MANUALLY-CONTROLED  20 mm GUN  WITH INTEGRATED FCS.

5.            Launchers of 57 mm unguided projectiles (4 x 16) (4x32)

                – 4 launchers with 16 rockets each, with effective range of up to 1500 m, HE or HEDP warhead capable of penetrating 200 mm armored steel in the radius of 20 m.

6.            Launchers of 128 mm unguided projectiles (4 x 4)

                 – 4 launchers with 4 rockets each, with effective range of up to 1500 m, HE or HEDP warhead, capable of penetrating more than 200 mm thick armored steel in the radius of 20m.

7.            Launchers of guided Malyutka (4 x 4)

8.            GROM and GROM/B ( 4 x 1) missiles.

                The range of these weapons is from 3 to 15 km.

9.            Underfuselage pylons for 16 kg bombs (4 x 8) and 100 kg bombs (4-6 x 1). They are dropped one by one or in groups, and are used to destroy enemy troops, either unsheltered or fortified, and against artillery, mortars, rocket systems.

                Weapon control box and electrical installation to control gunpod armament, unguided and guided weapons 

                Retrofitting of 8 weapon - carrying pylons 

10.           Retrofitting of ballistic protection system

 

M09 SIDE-DOOR  MOUNTED MANUALLY-CONTROLED  12.7 m m HMG WITH INTEGRATED FCS

    The M09 side-door mounted manually-controlled 12.7 x 108 mm HMG is consisting of cradle-mounted 12. 7 x 107 mm M87 HMG  on folding side-door mount  and manually controlled by operator by cradle – mounted integrated FCS. Weapon is feeded by belt-feeded from ammunition box.

 

12.7 mm MACHINEGUN

    12.7 mm machinegun is deployed from a specially designed pod which is mounted on the underfuselage pylon on the helicopter side. One machinegun is housed in the pod, and maximum 4 pods with the total number of 4 machineguns cal. 12.7 mm can be mounted on the helicopter. Ammunition kit includes 200 rounds per pod. These weapons are depoloyed against enemy troops before and in the course of assault or as a direct fire support.

20 mm M55 HISPANO Gun

   20 mm M55 HISPANO Guns are directly installed on weapon pylons on the helicopters. Maximum 2 guns, one on each side, can be installed on the helicopter. Ammunition kit includes 200 rounds per gun. These weapons are deployed against enemy troops, light combat and non-combat vehicles and against enemy firing positions.

 

AERONAUTICAL POD M09 WITH M55-09 GUN 20X110 MM

    The aeronautical pod M09 with the M55-09 20x110 mm gun can be used with a wide range of multi-role and transportation helicopters. The pod is mounted on helicopter side supports. The pod is primarily intended for close fire support in anti-terrorist and anti-riot missions, as well as in territory surveillance and border protection tasks. The machinegun is efficient against lightly armored and unarmored vehicles and against troops in buildings, unfortified facilities and field fortifications.

 

30 mm ABG-30 Automatic grenade launcher

    30 mm ABG-30 automatic grenade launcher is installed on the helicopter pod. 4 such pods can be installed on one helicopter. Ammunition kit includes 100 grenades per pod. It is used against unsheltered or fortified enemy troops, as well as against enemy firing positions (artillery, mortars, rocket systems ...).

 

BR-VZ-128 mm AIRCRAFT ROCKET FAMILY

 BR-VZ-128 mm aircraft rocket family consists of two basic models:

  •  BR-VZ-128 mm KUM M80 with HEAT warhead, and
  •  BR-VZ-128 mm with HE warhead.

Rockets are launched from a four-barrel L-128-04 rocket launcher which is suitable for and readily adaptible to any fixed or rotary wing aircraft capable of carrying such payloads and provided with the hook spacing between weapon release units of 250 mm to 355.6 mm (14 –inch NATO STANDARD). Launchers are equipped with electrical triggering system activated by pilot or Weapon System Operator.

L-57-16MD 57 mm AIRCRAFT ROCKET FAMILY

    L-57-16MD launchers for unguided projectiles cal. 57 mm consist of 16/32 barrels. Maximum 4 launchers can be installed on the helicopter, i.e. totally 64 or 128 projectiles. Unguided projectiles can be equipped with two types of warheads: HE and HEDP warhead. In combat, they are used against enemy troops (unsheltered or in field shelters), against light armoured and non-combat vehicles and against enemy firing positions.

 

Guided missile MALYUTKA 2T and 2F

    Malyutka consists of a guiding system on the helicopter top oprated by operator-pilot and a four-barrel launcher on the underfuselage point on helicopter sides. It is possible to install maximum 4 launchers with 16 missiles per helicopter. Malyutka missiles are used against fortified enemy troops (2F thermo baric warhead), or against armored vehicles, penetrating up to 800 mm thick armor steel (tandem shaped charge warhead 2T).

 GROM and GROM/B guided missiles

 GROM and GROM/B missiles are used against strong fortifications penetrating up to 2 m thick re-enforced concrete slab at the range of 10-15 km allowing the attack fom the helicopter at distances beyond the reach of the enemy AD troops.

 

16 kg and 100 kg bombs

    Helicopter underfuselage pylons can be used for carrying small 16 kg bombs (8 bombs on each pylon) and 100 kg bombs (one bomb on each pylon). Small bombs are dropped one by one or in groups.