The Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter manufactured by Russian Helicopters Holding Company (subsidiary of Oboronprom Corporation, which is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation) has been officially put into service by Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD). The corresponding order was signed by the Minister of Defense Sergei Shoygu on November 22nd 2013, press-service of Russian Helicopters reports.
“Prior to its official entry into service, the Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter has been operated by the Russian air forces for several years. The MoD tested it under various conditions and created a dedicated training and support base. This work was being carried out in cooperation with specialists of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, which developed the Mi-28N Night Hunter, and the Rosvertol aviation plant (the enterprise has been manufacturing serial Mi-28N helicopters since 2005). To date Russian Helicopters has delivered a few score of Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters to the MoD”, - said in the statement.
“The official entry into service of Mi-28N testifies to the fact that the Night Hunter meets the requirements for a combat helicopter, it has passed all the necessary tests, and it is ready for operation as a part of the Russian air forces’ fleet”, - said Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Russian Helicopters. “The holding’s enterprises are not only successfully fulfilling the state defense order, but they are also working on upgrading the combat helicopters, which serve to strengthen our country’s defense potential”.
“The Mi-28N Night Hunter meets all the existing international combat helicopter requirements, and it is attractive for potential customers. The export model has the designation of Mi-28NE Night Hunter”, - the press-service explained.
Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters demonstrate superior aircraft performance, allowing them to perform aerobatic maneuvers. The legendary Berkuti helicopter aerobatic team put Mi-28N Night Hunter into service in 2012.
“Russian Helicopters is constantly working on improving the aircraft performance of Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter. A special Mi-28N with dual controls was developed for pilot training. The vehicle performed its maiden flight on August 9th 2013”, - the press-service noted.