Russian helicopter manufacturer Rostvertol has commenced large-scale production of Mi-28NE combat helicopter with dual controls as part of a modernisation programme.
Jointly working with the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant under the management of Russian Helicopters, the company has designed the new Night Hunter that features dual control characteristics, allowing operation of the helicopter by both a pilot and an operator pilot acting as an instructor.
The new helicopter also retains all the attack helicopter functions.
Russian Helicopters director general Alexander Mikheev said: "The unique capabilities of the new combat helicopter create excellent prospects for its marketing both in Russia and abroad."
The modernised all-weather attack helicopter features an increased cockpit working size and modern energy-absorbing seats and is capable of carrying out a wide range of missions including destruction of armored vehicles, engagement of low-speed low-altitude airborne targets, aerial reconnaissance besides performing as target indication for combat helicopters and planes.
Additionally, it features weapons such as guided and unguided missiles, as well as a flexible gun mount with a 30mm gun.
The company had produced the first prototype of Mi-28NE helicopter with dual controls in 2014.
The Mi-28NE is originally a two-seat attack helicopter, equipped with mast-mounted millimetre-wave fire control radar, advanced night vision optical systems and the Ataka anti-armour missile system.
Currently, two contracts for the supply of the modernised Mi-28NE abroad have been signed.
Image: Mi-28NE combat helicopter with dual controls. Photo: © 2016 Rostec.