Air International 2000-03
P.Butowski - New spirit in old flesh /Military aviation/
Mil Mi-24N pilot's cockpit upgrade, proposed by Russkaya Avionika, features two MFI-68 displays. The lower one replaces a mechanical map plotter and the upper one replaces the standard S-17V gunsight.
Upgraded MiG-31 ‘58’, displayed at MAKS '99. In addition to having an upgraded radar and new avionics, it also carried new armament. K-31P and Kh-58 anti-radar missiles and R-77 medium range air-to-air missiles were carried on the under-wing stations, and R-33 long-range missiles were mounted under the fuselage.
Su-25UBM upgraded trainer will receive the same Kop’yo radar, avionics and weapons as the ‘SM’ single-seater.
Su-30 prototype '302' was upgraded by the Russkaya Avionika and Irkutsk plant. It made its first flight in March 1999 and is seen here making its public debut at MAKS '99.
Except for the new MFI-55 multi-function colour liquid crystal display, which replaces the previous CRT display, the cockpits of Su-30 ‘302’ were almost unchanged.
Increased fuel volume within the large conformal tank above the MiG-29SMT centre fuselage alleviates the Achilles heel of earlier MiG-29 variants - insufficient range. The MiG-29SMT also has provision for in-flight refuelling and three auxiliary tanks.
Cockpit details of the MiG-29SMT. Note the two prominent 5in x 5in MFI-55 colour displays, and monochrome MFPI control panel on the right hand console. A similar ‘glass’ cockpit is planned for a number of other fighter upgrades.
Upgraded night-mission Mi-8MTO is equipped with a ball-shaped GOES-331 turret containing LLTV, FLIR and laser range finder under the nose. The first two helicopters were converted before the end of 1999 and flown to Chechnya. ми-8мтко
In accordance with its night-mission role, the Mi-8MTO's cockpit has been painted black. Note also the large MFI-68 colour liquid crystal displays.
Sukhoi has proposed six Su-24 upgrade options to the Air Force; from simply adding a GPS to the navigation system, and a helmet mounted sight coupled with the R-73 missile; to full replacement of its avionics and weapon systems - as developed for the Su-34.
Flight testing of the Mi-24VM, with reduced-weight structure and more powerful main rotor, began in February 1999. Other features of the Mi-24VM are shortened wings, fixed undercarriage, and main and tail rotors 'borrowed' from the Mi-28N.