The Mil Mi-28 Havoc is a Russian all-weather, day-night, military tandem, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopter.
The latest Mi-28NM Night Hunter helicopter gunships have been supplied to the army, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper said.
The upgraded Mi-28NM made the maiden flight on October 12, 2016. The Night Hunter differs from the basic option. It has above-rotor upgraded radar, new piloting complex and sight, and prospective weapons. Russian Helicopters Holding and the Defense Ministry signed a contract on June 27, 2019 for the supply of 98 Mi-28NM in 2020-2027.
An upgraded version of the Mi-28N under development since 2009. The helicopter has redesigned nose hull due to removal of its nose antenna, new H025 radar station for all-round visibility, more powerful VK-2500P engines with FADEC instead of the previous Klimov TV3-117VMA engines and improved rotor blades to increase its maximum speed by 13% and cruise speed by 10%. Besides that, it has an upgraded fire-control system and new “Izdeliye 296” onboard radio-electronic data processing system. It will be equipped to carry the 9M123 Khrizantema-V and 9M127-1 Ataka-VM anti-tank missiles. It is also planned to be equipped with the new “Izdeliye 305” or LMUR (Light Multi-role Unified Missile) multi purpose missile, designed for use against air and ground targets, and fitted with inertial guidance in initial flight, with mid-course updates by an operator before the target is acquired by the missile’s own seeker, giving a range of 25 km (16 mi). The Mi-28NM made its maiden flight in October 2016 and the state trials of the upgraded VK-2500P engines were completed in October 2020.