Elbit Systems and Alpha Design Technologies to Jointly Upgrade IAF’s Mi-17 Helicopters
 
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Elbit Systems and Alpha Design Technologies to Jointly Upgrade IAF’s Mi-17 Helicopters
 
Mi-17 Helicopters

Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd announced the signing of a USD 30 million contract with Elbit Systems for IAF’s Mi-17 helicopter upgrade programme. The programme involves upgrading of 90 Mi-17 helicopters and Alpha Design, as the major offset partner, will be manufacturing all key sub-units at its Bengaluru factory. Alpha Design’s scope of work will involve manufacturing of key sub-units such as smart displays, new cockpit, transponder, Digital Voice Recorder (DVR), Missile Launch Detection Systems (MILDS), Cables, Brackets, etc. Similar upgrades for Ka226, LCH, ACH, Chinook and Apache Helicopters are also on anvil.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, president and CEO of Elbit Systems, noted: “We are very pleased to have won this major helicopter upgrade project and for the opportunity to implement our unique and innovative avionic solutions. Elbit Systems is a world leader in the Eastern helicopter upgrade market, having completed and continuing to perform numerous programs which improve operational capabilities and facilitate safer flight, night and day. Since the “aging helicopter” market is growing rapidly and includes numerous Eastern platforms, we hope other customers will follow the selection of our modernisation solutions”.

Colonel H. S. Shankar, chairman and managing director, Alpha Design Technologies, said, “The inking of this contract further reinforces our commitment towards providing the best defence technologies to our valiant forces. It is also an acknowledgement of our top-notch quality products and the immense expertise of our team. We look forward to working on more such contracts in the years ahead thereby showcasing the best engineering and technological prowess that exists in India.”

Alpha Design’s MILDS is being indigenously manufactured by the company in technical collaboration, with Airbus, as part of DARE (DRDO)’s project for upgradation of helicopters. Alpha Design has already produced and supplied 469 MILDS as part of Cheetah helicopter upgrade to Army Aviation Corps through BEL (DRDO’s Project) during 2015-16.

 
 


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