Russia’s Western Military District receives Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter

The Russian Armed Forces’ Western Military District regiment located in Saint Petersburg has received Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter.

The helicopter has passed all plant tests and received by engineer and technical staff of the regiment.

Mi-28N is designed to search and destroy tanks and other armored vehicles as well as to eliminate low-speed targets and manpower of the enemy.

Mil Mi-28

Mil Mi-28 (NATO reporting name “Havoc”) is a Russian all-weather, day-night, military tandem, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopter. It is an attack helicopter with no intended secondary transport capability, better optimized than the Mil Mi-24 gunship for the role. It carries a single gun in an undernose barbette, plus external loads carried on pylons beneath stub wings.

The Mi-28N was unveiled in 1995, the N designation meaning “night”. The prototype (no. 014) first flew on 14 November 1996.

The most significant feature is a radar in a round cover above the main rotor, similar to that of the American AH-64D Apache Longbow. Mi-28N also has improved tor vision and an aiming device under the nose, including a TV camera and FLIR.

The helicopter is designed to operate under sustained fire to locate and eliminate tanks and other armored hardware, low-speed air targets and personnel of an enemy. The helicopter is capable to operate by day and at night at low altitudes.

The first serial Mi-28N was delivered to the Army on 5 June 2006. The Rostvertol plant delivered about 140 Mi-28N and Mi-35M helicopters in 2012–14 to domestic and foreign customers; 28 helicopters were delivered in 2015.

Russian Ministry of Defence

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