Russia's modernised Mi-28 combat helicopter conducts maiden flight


Russia's upgraded Mi-28 combat helicopter with increased firepower has successfully completed its maiden flight on 13 October this year.

The Mi-28NE 'Night Hunter' has flown for the first time at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec.

The aircraft has been designed to perform a variety of tasks ranging from aerial reconnaissance and target designation to destruction of diverse ground and air targets.

"Among its main advantages are not only agility and ability to operate around the clock, but also increased firepower."

It will improve combat capabilities of units and subunits of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Russian army aviation.

Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said: "The upgraded Mi-28N is a highly effective attack helicopter, which is able to perform a wide range of tasks, from aerial reconnaissance and target designation to destruction of diverse ground and air targets.

“Among its main advantages are not only agility and ability to operate around the clock, but also increased firepower.

"This helicopter marks a new achievement of the Russian helicopter industry.”

The helicopter features advanced radar over the rotor hub assembly that has enhanced capabilities in the use of precision weapons, including self-guided missiles, which can significantly reduce time spent in potentially dangerous situations.

Its main rotor blades are made of composite materials, which allows the helicopter to complete a flight after being hit by a 20-30mm calibre shell.

The Mi-28 also features a new guidance, navigation and flight control system that possess faster calculating abilities.

Additionally, the front cabin of the new helicopter received a second set of controls.

The crew cabin of the helicopter was also upgraded so that the commander and the operating pilot will now receive more information about the environment.