Russian Helicopters’ Rostvertol has completed the production of the first batch of Mi-28UB helicopters designed for the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The company is currently performing user acceptance testing on the helicopters and will deliver‘Night Hunters’ in Russia.
The batch manufacturing of Mi-28UB began at the plant in Rostov last year after the vehicle successfully passed state tests.
Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky said: "Production of the first Mi-28UB batch is an extremely important event not only for Rosvertol and Russian Helicopters, but also for our colleagues from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
“The delivery of modernised Night Hunters will begin soon. The Mi-28 proved its efficiency, so we are expecting that its training version will be of great demand in armies.
"This dual control helicopter breaks new ground for training flight personnel for machines of this type.”
Delivery of eight Night Hunters with dual control is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The dual control system will allow pilots to operate the helicopter from both command cockpit and operator's cockpit.
The helicopter’s energy-attenuating seats in the cockpit can absorb shock energy in case of crash landing, according to the company.
The Russian Aerospace Forces will use the helicopter to train flight personnel and for flight instruction.
With improved armour protection, the Mi-28UB provides fire support of land-advanced units and antitank defence.
The creation of dual control helicopters is the logical continuation of developing the concept of an attack army helicopter, Russian Helicopters stated.