Russian Defence Ministry has officially started operations of the Russian Helicopters-built Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter, following the completion of all the necessary tests ahead of commissioning.
Ahead of its official commissioning, the combat helicopter was tested by the Russian armed forces for several years in various conditions and a dedicated training and support base was also developed by the Ministry of Defence.
Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said: "The fact that the defence ministry has officially accepted the Mi-28N testifies to the fact that the Night Hunter meets the requirements for a combat helicopter, has passed all the necessary tests, and is ready to enter into service with the Russian Air Force."
Capable of performing aerobatic manoeuvres using its enhanced flight capabilities, the Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters reportedly comply with all the latest combat helicopter requirements.
The latest commissioned helicopter forms part of the Russian Air Force’s plans to procure up to 60 of the Mi-28NE Night Hunter, of which three were ordered in 2005 and 16 more in 2006.
In addition to this, the helicopter manufacturer also developed a special Mi-28N with dual controls for pilot training, which started operations in August 2013.
Capable of flying at a maximum speed of 300km/h, Mi-28 can also fly rearwards and sideways at speeds up to 100km/h and hover turn at 45° a second.
Image: Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopter in-flight. Photo: courtesy of Russian ?elicopters.