Mi-28N

Russia

The serial production of the upgraded Mi-28NM Night Hunter helicopter is set to begin in 2018, Commander of the Aerospace Forces Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Sunday.

ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) — The serial delivery of the upgraded Mi-28NM Night Hunter helicopter with dual controls to Russia’s Aerospace Forces will begin in 2018, Bondarev said.

“There is not a single lag behind the Mi-28NM, it’s a fine helicopter, we need it very much. The completion of the engineering works is scheduled for 2018, and then, the Aerospace Forces will receive it,” Bondarev told reporters at the 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017.

Bondarev added that all combatant units of the military aviation would receive the Mi-28NM helicopter.

“We will take it to all air units, because it is a helicopter with dual controls, and it allows us to train young pilots,” the commander explained.

The Mi-28NM is a modernized version of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter. Work on the new modification began in 2009. The Mi-28NM should receive a radically new locator providing an all-round visibility, a new control system and other equipment, as well as a high-precision weapon.

The International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 in the city of Zhukovsky in the Moscow region kicked off on Tuesday and ends its work on Sunday.