Ukraine Air Force retrofits modern anti-radar missiles into analog cockpits

Russia has also learned from losses and consolidated its air defenses in Ukraine’s east, where much of the combat is now limited. This has resulted in the weakening of the Ukrainian strategy of using low-cost drones, as reported last month. The battle dynamics might be about to change since there is evidence that Ukraine is deploying anti-radar missiles against Russian air defense systems.

Suppression of enemy air defense

High-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARM) are an effective way to counter adversarial air defense systems since they strike at the detection capability of these systems by attacking their radars. Called suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD), the strategy can even be used to annihilate air defense systems if they are a few.

The technology used by Western forces is relatively new and compatible with modern fighter jets. Earlier this month, we reported that Ukraine had received the AGM-88 anti-radar missiles. However, since the Ukrainian Air Force only has Soviet-era MiG fighter aircraft, there were considerable doubts about how they could be deployed in the field.

How is Ukraine using AGM-88 missiles?

Business Insider reported that the AGM-88 could be controlled with multi-function displays, which the MiG does not have. Integrating a new missile system isn’t about fixing them to the underwing pylons either. The pilots need a whole array of guiding devices to control them, which cannot be upgraded overnight in an analog cockpit of a MiG-29.

As seen in the video above, the Ukrainian Air Force has made some rapid arrangements to get its fighter aircraft compatible with the U.S-supplied AGM-88 HARM. One among them is a commercial-grade GPS device that provides pilots with more accurate positioning information.

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