The Mi-28NM combat helicopter has successfully been modernised for effective use in the air, according to Air Force Commander Sergei Dronov. Upon its release later this year, it will be able to strike multiple targets both in the air and on the ground. The move is likely to concern the Trump administration, who, for the most part, have sat back and allowed Putin to operate in Eastern Europe.
Mr Dronov, talking up the new helicopter on Russian Air Force Day, said: “The Mi-28NM combat helicopter features the all-weather capability and the possibility of firing two missiles against two different targets at a time.
“Moreover, it allows using missile armament based on the ‘fire-and-forget’ principle and features the enhanced capability of promptly searching for ground and air targets.”
The Mi-28NM’s upgrades started in 2009 when Russian military officials felt the ‘old’ aircraft – the Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ – needed improving.
The ‘Night Hunter’ itself was based on a staple Soviet helicopter which was operational in the Eighties.
The new helicopter is designed to strike armour – whether it be on the ground or the air – and provide precise target location for the military.
Last year Rostec Executive Director Oleg Yevtushenko – who developed the aircraft – claimed the new engine would make the helicopter one of the best in the world in its class.
Russia’s Defence Ministry has already received two of the new Mi-28NM’s for state trials, with six more to be delivered next year.
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