In the United States showed a photo of the helicopter MH-47G Chinook with a laser anti-missile system


In the coming year, the US command published a new photo, which shows the updated Chinook helicopter. We are talking about the version of the MH-47G Chinook, belonging to the 160th aviation regiment of special operations forces of the United States. This regiment in the US Army is called "Night Stalkers."


This version of the helicopter differs from others in the presence of a special protection system - AN / AAQ-24. The manufacturer of the system is Northrop Grumman. The main goal of AN / AAQ-24 is to “confuse” enemy missiles, with the help of which an attack on board is carried out. First of all, we are talking about missiles with an infrared homing head (WIG or TGS).

The AN / AAQ-24 system, installed in the area of ​​the Chinook rear landing gear supports, uses laser radiation to disorient the helicopter launched by the helicopter. A low-power laser is used, which ultimately causes the missile to deviate from the course.
It is reported that AN / AAQ-24 allows you to protect the helicopter, including anti-aircraft missiles MANPADS.

In addition to the AN / AAQ-24, the MH-47G Chinook version is equipped with additional protection systems. For example, these include covers on the exhaust pipes of the engine, which serve to reduce infrared visibility. In addition, the helicopter crew has the ability to use missile warning sensors from the ground and from the air.

The first flight tests of such modifications of the Chinook began in the USA in 2017.

It should be noted that the manufacturer creates AN / AAQ-24 systems for Apache AH-64 and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
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  1. Mountain shooter 5 January 2020 09: 27 New
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    We also have a similar system ... I don’t know how effective Amer’s is, ours probably works well. I don’t remember a single message about the downing of a Russian helicopter in Syria from MANPADS ... The attack aircraft were shot down, but such systems do not stand on them.
    1. svp67 5 January 2020 09: 32 New
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      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      I don’t remember a single message about the downing of a Russian helicopter in Syria from MANPADS ...

      There is, to the end, not a clear story with the death of Mi-8 with our negotiators, but it seems that “Vitebsk” either didn’t work, or was completely absent
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    1. Tersky 5 January 2020 09: 36 New
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      Quote: Tutahman
      Presented MANPADS "Strela"

      For such purposes, the Verba MANPADS is imprisoned, its missile seeker is protected from laser jamming systems that are installed on modern combat aircraft and helicopters, hi
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      2. About 2 5 January 2020 15: 54 New
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        Willow has a three-channel guidance system, as the description says. So Chinuku Khan!
        1. Vadim237 5 January 2020 17: 15 New
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          This system seems to blind the infrared seeker rocket, and therefore all infrared and UV channels.
          1. About 2 6 January 2020 01: 21 New
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            Did you understand what you wrote yourself? This system blinds the infrared seeker, that is, the infrared homing head and two more homing channels remain.
  3. Jack O'Neill 5 January 2020 09: 59 New
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    Brutal helicopter!
    Reminds amerskie muscle cars of 60-70th years.
    1. KVU-NSVD 5 January 2020 10: 06 New
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      Quote: Jack O'Neill
      Brutal helicopter!

      "Banana" is like a banana. But the banana in the light of the trends of tolerance is still not correct
  4. V.I.P. 5 January 2020 10: 14 New
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    These systems are not a panacea. Now there are MANPADS using ultraviolet GOS. Stinger, Verba, FN-6 (the last modification, the Chinese boasted at the exhibition). There are no countermeasures to them. To protect the F-35, Americans are experimenting with aerosols in hanging containers (nothing has come out yet) and quantum dots and metamaterials in the coating. But they are even less durable than the coating to reduce epr. In short, no one has any means of counteraction. The English Starstrik MANPADS is a laser-guided missile, the operator constantly keeps the sight on the target until it hits. And in order to influence this, it is necessary to interrupt the laser beam between the rocket and the shooter. But not one aircraft has such capabilities))).
    1. Thrifty 5 January 2020 11: 22 New
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      Actually, ultraviolet light is illuminated by a strong light pulse, it is not difficult to lose or intercept the target, because ultraviolet is warm, figuratively speaking! And with heat with the help of heat it is only possible to fight.
    2. voyaka uh 5 January 2020 12: 35 New
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      "there are MANPADS using ultraviolet GOS. Stinger, Willow, FN-6" ////
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      Against such missiles, there is also protection. But it is more complicated and more expensive.
      In the hanging container, a laser and a millimeter-wave radar. The radar catches the target - a flying rocket, and the laser burns its GOS. All this happens a few hundred meters from the attacked plane or helicopter.
      Disadvantages: 1) protection only from attacks from below. 2) the container is quite massive
      3) a laser and a radar are expensive 4) a missile can catch a large target along its trajectory. (her engine continues to work)
    3. Tsoy 5 January 2020 19: 04 New
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      Quote: V.I.P.
      Now there are MANPADS using ultraviolet GOS. Stinger, Verba, FN-6 (the last modification, the Chinese boasted at the exhibition). There are no countermeasures to them.


      How is it not? Even in Afghanistan, they put Lipa. Station pulsed infrared interference LBB-166 "Lipa". And against the stingers as well.

      Stinger’s hit statistics were the highest: out of 563 launches on Mi-24, 89 missiles reached their goal - about 16%. The Stinger’s strength was that the firing at the LTC provided only 27% of the missile’s “departure” versus 54% for the Strela


      Against the Mi-8, the "Stingers" were very effective - only three Mi-8 survived after a single hit by the "Stingers" and five - after hitting the "Arrows-2M". This was largely due to the fact that the LBB-166 Lipa station on the Mi-8 had a dead zone,


      And even with this percentage of hits 1 to 5, crowd tactics were used.

      However, hitting one FIM-92A to bring down the Mi-24 was almost impossible. That’s why the Mujahideen practiced pair launches, launches of four MANPADS (partly taking into account the greater likelihood of a miss on a helicopter equipped with Lipa), as well as whole anti-helicopter ambushes with six to ten Stinger complexes, spare TPKs and a pair of Strela-2M complexes ”, Often backed by ZPU or even lightweight MZA.


      Taken from here: Dangerous Sky of Afghanistan [Experience in the combat use of Soviet aircraft in a local war, 1979–1989]
    4. Kaw
      Kaw 6 January 2020 19: 21 New
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      The complex Vitebsk against Star-Striykov has laser radiation sensors. The pilot will know that a missile is being aimed at him, and the approximate direction, there is an opportunity to perform a missile defense maneuver.
  5. Alexander Alekseev_2 5 January 2020 11: 12 New
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    The rebels usually have old rubbish MANPADS, from them will descend. While our "Vitebsk" and "Presidents-S" reach the army aviation, they will grow old. Then Zvezda shopping center will tell us about new systems. Even in Syria, I don’t hear much about them ... But you hear how they shoot down the Su-24, Su-25, soo ...
  6. voyaka uh 5 January 2020 11: 27 New
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    In Israel, a similar laser system has been put on civilian liners and military transporters for about 10 years.
  7. Gato 5 January 2020 11: 51 New
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    Wow! Flies still an old trough fellow
  8. bars1 5 January 2020 23: 42 New
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    But on the Mi-28N / NM, Vitebsk "is not ...
  9. Kaw
    Kaw 6 January 2020 19: 09 New
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    An analogue of the Vitebsk system. It can counteract such air defense systems as Arrow, Needle, Willow, Pine.