Rostvertol (located in Rostov-on-Don; part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company) is preparing to launch serial production of the upgraded Mi-28N “Night Hunter” helicopters, RIA Novosti reports with reference to a representative of the enterprise.
"The preparation for serial production of Mi-28NE combat training helicopter (derived from Mi-28N) with dual controls as well as upgraded version of Mi-26T vehicle (Mi-26T2) is underway", — the source said. He also noted that the serial production of these helicopters will be launched upon completion of their state testing. Nevertheless, he added that these vehicles are already in demand among foreign customers.
Mi-28N combat helicopter is designed for detecting and destroying tanks, armored vehicles, troops, protected sites, small ships and low-altitude air targets. The helicopter is capable of performing flights under any lighting and weather conditions (including terrain-following flights). It was put into service by Russian armed forces in 2013.
Mi-28NE is the attack and training helicopter having dual controls. Besides personnel training, the vehicle is capable of performing a wide range of combat tasks. It is fitted with dual hydromechanical control system, which allows piloting the helicopter both from the pilot’s and the flight instructor’s cockpit.
Mi-26T is the world’s only helicopter able to carry payload of 20 tons (inside the cabin or using an external sling). It is designed for fire-fighting missions, personnel transportation, medevac and refueling missions. The number of crew members required to operate Mi-26T2 has been reduced. The vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics. In addition, new systems of the helicopter allow operating the helicopter at night.
Mi-28 («Night Hunter») – is the major attack helicopter of the Russian air forces. It is designed to destroy tanks, armored vehicles, personnel, protected sites and area-type targets (like emplacements, defensive fortifications, etc.); it is capable of mine laying, detecting and destroying small ships, high-speed aircraft at low altitudes and low-speed aerial targets under any lighting and weather conditions.