Russian Helicopters has manufactured the first batch of training and combat Mi-28UB helicopters for the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).

The Mi-28UB helicopter has successfully completed a series of factory and state tests prior to entering the production phase.

Delivery of these helicopters to the military department is expected to take place in November.

Russian Helicopters chief executive officer Andrey Boginsky said: “We are pleased to announce the availability of the first batch of Mi-28UB helicopters. Of course, we are constantly working on improvement of the Mi-28 helicopter taking into account experience of its use in Syria. The emergence of training and combat version offers almost unlimited possibilities in terms of improving the pilots training system for Mi-28N.

“I’d like to note that the opportunity of learning not on the simulator but on a real combat helicopter is a considerable advantage of our military pilots compared to their colleagues from other countries. Soon we will transfer Mi-28UB helicopters to the Russian Aerospace Forces representatives.”

“The emergence of training and combat version offers almost unlimited possibilities in terms of improving the pilots training system for Mi-28N.”

The Mi-28UB’s dual control system allows a pilot to fly the helicopter from both command cockpit and operator’s cockpit, making it possible for training of military pilots who need raid practice on the Night Hunters.

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During an emergency situation in combat, the dual control system also allows the second crew member to take on the operation of the machine.

The helicopter’s failures simulation remote allows to simulate equipment failure in flight for the trainee pilot and to improve his or her training experience in a crisis situation.

Equipped with upgraded integrated avionics system, the Mi-28UB can be used to search, detect, recognise, and hit ground and air targets.