Aselsan to Supply EO Targeting Pods, AAMs for Modernization of Ukraine’s Mi-8 Helicopter Fleet

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Intergation with an EO targeting pod makes the Mi-8 helicopter into a fully combat capable platform
Intergation with an EO targeting pod makes the Mi-8 helicopter into a fully combat capable platform

Ukraine’s Mi-8 helicopters will be equipped with new electro-optical targeting pods to be supplied by the Turkish Aselsan company

Aselsan signed relevant cooperation agreement with the Ukrainian companies Motor-Sich and Defense Technologies on the sidelines of the multinational SAHA Defense Expo held in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this month.

The EO equipment will be supplied as part of a Mi-8 helicopter modernization package for customers in and outside of Ukraine, according to the agreement signed.

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Beyond that, Aselsan has also agreed with the Ukrainian companies to supply its precision-guided air-to-air missiles for integration into the armaments package on the Mi-8 helicopter.

The cooperation agreement was signed on the margins of the SAHA Defense Expo held in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier in November

Aselsan is already supplying its podded EO sensor systems for installment in Baykar’s Bayraktar TB2 and Akinci combat drones. Particularly the Aselsan’s CATS system has replaced the L3Harris – WESCAM’s MX-15D suites on new versions of the Bayraktar TB2 armed reconnaissance UAV.

The CATS features a high resolution night & day superzoom IR camera interfaced with a laser rangefinder and laser pointer for precision aiming and adds a target autotracking capability.

Aselsan’s CATS electro-optical sensor system

Motor-Sich had earlier in the month announced to be ready to launch fully self-sufficient production of MSB-2/8 helicopters within a two year timeframe.

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