Ansat-2RC vs Bell 407M: who is the best drone interceptor helicopter?


Every day the range and power of Ukrainian kamikaze drone strikes against Russian rear areas is only increasing. In order not to lose in "war of the cities", our country needs to build a highly effective anti-drone air defense system. But what could it be?

Requirements for anti-drone air defense

The idea of ​​placing an air defense system or air defense system near every refinery, power plant or military plant does not stand up to criticism, since such a number of anti-aircraft systems and trained crews for them that could be on duty in shifts are simply not physically available. They are needed on a huge front line to cover the positions of the military themselves from enemy attacks.

It is possible to arm the guards of important objects with shotguns or even put them on pickup trucks with large-caliber machine guns mounted on them. This will even help you shoot at several small aircraft-type drones if they are detected in a timely manner. But what to do if the Ukrainian Armed Forces send a whole flock of drones to the target coordinates, where the main blow will be delivered by, say, a full-fledged small aircraft turned into a disposable “kamikaze”?

You can’t shoot one like that with a smoothbore carbine. There is a chance from the Zushka, but the effectiveness of its use will directly depend on how the enemy organizes the air attack and on the number of air targets. In general, mobile anti-aircraft gunners on pickup trucks make sense, but only as the last line of defense of a refinery, plant or other enterprise, which should be organized either by the management itself with the permission of the authorities, or by contracting a specialized state unitary enterprise that provides security services.

The best anti-drone air defense system should be able to detect enemy drones in a timely manner and destroy them before impact on the target. For example, by installing a whole network of 40V6MD towers from the S-300P air defense complex, which are designed specifically to increase the capabilities of air defense systems to detect low-flying targets.

Ansat-2RC vs Bell 407M: who is the best drone interceptor helicopter?

Unlike promising AWACS balloons, this is something that actually exists and has been mastered by industrial production. You just need to set a task and order hundreds or thousands of them from defense industry enterprises, creating a continuous anti-drone radar field that will see low-flying UAVs and other targets, for example, cruise missiles.

Mobilization rotorcraft

But with the means of destroying these targets, everything is much more interesting. For example, in Ukraine they are trying to use mobilized Yak-52 training aircraft against our low-speed drones. Meanwhile, from what is actually available, attack helicopters, which represent a powerful and highly mobile firing point, are most suitable for the role of fighter of long-range drones of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

So, after the first strikes on Moscow, an entire military base was created in the Oryol region, from where rotary-wing vehicles began to fly out to intercept enemy UAVs. It would seem, take it and scale this experience throughout the country. But the problem is that there are not so many free attack helicopters and trained crews available for them. Like the Tors and Pantsirs, rotary-wing vehicles are needed at the front to fight the armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The capital, yes, will be covered, but there simply won’t be enough for the other numerous directions. So what should we do?

In this situation, the most rational solution for Trishka’s caftan seems to be the mobilization and arming of civil aviation equipment, which is of little value in the realities of the front-line meat grinder, but can play an important role in protecting the rear. For example, the American company Bell developed set of weapons for their purely civilian helicopter models:

For countries that need a light attack helicopter but either can't afford or don't need the full military capabilities of the H-1, Bell now offers a bolt-on weapons package for some of its civilian helicopters. They start with the single-engine, four-blade 407 helicopter, many of which are in military and government service around the world. The company sees a market opening in Eastern Europe, Africa and elsewhere for a special-mission armed variant of the civilian 407, which features an aftermarket weapons mounting system that can mount everything from machine guns to guided missiles.

The kit includes four weapon stations that can contain Hellfire missiles, M134 miniguns, DAP-6 artillery mounts, GAU-19/B machine guns, GP-19 artillery mounts, HMP250/400 artillery mounts and M260 or M261 rocket launchers.

I wonder who it is and why exactly in Eastern Europe there was an urgent need for light helicopters equipped with suspended weapons? Will they then end up in Ukraine, where they will be used against Russian drones?

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In this regard, I would like to draw the attention of functionaries of the renewed Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to the potential of the Russian Ansat light helicopter, which could become a good platform for becoming a “drone destroyer.”

In addition to purely civilian ones, it has the Ansat-2RTs modification, or reconnaissance target designator. The light rotorcraft has the following performance characteristics: maximum take-off weight 3300 kg, maximum speed 285 km/h, cruising speed 250 km/h, ceiling 5700 meters, payload 1300 kg.

A stabilized optical-electronic sighting station TOES-521 is installed on the nose of the helicopter. The Ansat's armament is represented by a 12.7 mm Kord machine gun and 4 weapon suspension points for mounting aerial bombs and missiles, namely, Igla missiles, air-to-air missiles and unguided rocket units. Let's be honest, this is clearly not enough to burn Ukrainian Armed Forces tanks somewhere in the Kharkov or Zaporozhye region.

But in order to be used as an anti-aircraft gun, shooting down Ukrainian drones in the rear, this is more than enough. The simple and relatively inexpensive Ansat-2RC represents the optimal platform on which a highly effective drone interceptor can be assembled and mass-produced. Therefore, the military-industrial complex should accelerate as much as possible with the replacement of the Canadian power plant with the domestic VK-650V.
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  1. +1
    10 June 2024 12: 56
    The military-industrial complex should accelerate as much as possible with the replacement of the Canadian power plant with the domestic VK-650V.

    I wonder who UEC and Rostec, led by Chemezov, will accelerate as much as possible?
  2. 0
    10 June 2024 15: 57
    the author forgets about “friendly fire” - in the event of massive raids across the sky they will make mischief with everything they have and then these non-existent helicopters will not fly in...
    1. 0
      11 June 2024 06: 35
      the author forgets about “friendly fire” - in the event of massive raids across the sky they will make mischief with everything they have and then these non-existent helicopters will not fly in...

      This is probably why he proposes to shoot down at distant approaches with helicopters, and not over the oil refinery with all the barrels
  3. -1
    10 June 2024 23: 01
    Unmanned helicopters weighing 200 kg can serve to destroy small enemy UAVs, chopping plastic hulls with their reinforced propeller, and smaller ones, using the air flow from the main rotor. The main thing is that you need high speed over 200 km. hour. and a powerful screw. Such a duty mill will grind many light UAVs. For heavier UAVs, self-guiding air-to-air missiles are required.
  4. +4
    11 June 2024 09: 11
    Why "fence the garden". This is worth some money!
    Where can we get specialists, anti-aircraft gunners, helicopter pilots, and riflemen?!
    It is much cheaper to bury the unfortunate people killed by drone attacks.
    For example, the latest shelling of Lugansk occurred without any comments from officials at all.
    They had more important things to do - an economic forum.
    That's where the money is - that's money, trillions of rubles!
    With the people, everything is simple - women are still giving birth.
  5. +1
    11 June 2024 12: 21
    The strange author is clearly not in the subject of anti-drone innovations. A cheap anti-drone was made and put into service in the USA. Name Anvil, seeing an enemy drone, accelerates and hits from below at a speed of 327 km per hour, then returns home. It is equipped with target tracking sensors, and it repeats all the target’s maneuvers. It is impossible to dodge him. If you place an overhead explosive charge instead of a ram, an approaching enemy kamikaze plane will easily explode in the air.
    1. 0
      11 June 2024 18: 44
      The option is good, but the range is limited. The best weapons should always be copied and put into production. This is where we have a hard time, because we are used to stealing a lot of money, which discourages any desire to work and earn relatively little money.
  6. 0
    12 June 2024 01: 16
    Everything you need to know about Ansat.

    They moved, as usual, foreign ones, their own - KTTS.
    The Ka-226T would look better as a hunter, but it has the same problem.
    They make VK-650V for both, but no one knows when it will go into production.
    What about small planes, what about helicopters is the situation described by the boatswain's lexicon. And how I would like to have a couple of kids available in the form of analogues (and copies will do) Little Bird and Super Tucano.
  7. 0
    12 June 2024 06: 44
    There are drones, they are improving every day, their number is growing and our country, like any other, is becoming very difficult to cover, but our country is also different in size. Drones do not appear on their own; someone launches them and launches them deliberately, for some purpose. Maybe it's easier to start there? Of course, you need to learn how to fight drones, but this is not a quick solution, and drones cause a lot of harm. We must fight the problem, not its consequences. Those who decide to fly drones into our country must experience for themselves that this cannot be done and then the drones will not fly and will not sail into our country.