Russia’s upgraded Night Hunter helicopter makes its first flight

© Dmitriy Serebriakov/TASS

© Dmitriy Serebriakov/TASS

© Dmitriy Serebriakov/TASS

© Dmitriy Serebriakov/TASS

TOMILINO (Moscow Region), October 12. /TASS/. Russian Helicopters rotocraft manufacturer, part of state hi-tech corporation Rostec, plans to deliver a pre-production batch of upgraded Mil Mi-28N “Night Hunter” helicopters to the Defense Ministry in 2018, Russian Helicopters Head Alexander Mikheyev said on Wednesday.

We plan the pilot pre-production batch of helicopters for delivery in 2018,” he said.

The prototype of the modernized Night Hunter helicopter has made its first flight in the town of Tomilino in the Moscow Region on Wednesday.

It was reported earlier that the works on the new modification of the Night Hunter helicopter had started in 2009. This version will be furnished with a new all-round surveillance radar, a new control system and other equipment and will also feature increased capabilities for using precision weapons.

Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev said earlier that the new version of the Mi-28N helicopter would start arriving for the Russian Armed Forces no later than 2018.

 

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Russia’s ‘Night Hunter’ Helicopter Gunship to Become Immune to Enemy Fire

A Mil Mi-28-NE Havoc [Night Hunter] attack helicopter
The latest, upgraded, version of Russia’s Mi-28N “Night Hunter” helicopter gunship will be virtually invulnerable to enemy fire, Zvezda TV reported.
Even though it looks much like its predecessor, the Mi-28NM boasts the latest and most innovative materials available and is armed with the most advanced active defense systems money can buy.
    The “Night Hunter” is also equipped with circular-view radar previously installed on export models only. However, according to the makers of the “Night Hunter”, the NO25E radar offers a notable improvement over even the export-oriented unit.
    Another thing making the souped-up Mi-28NM so special is its unique laser system designed to deflect all existing heat-seeking missiles.
     The moment the system “learns” about the helicopter being illuminated by enemy radar, it creates an invisible “fire cloud” near the rotorcraft effectively deflecting incoming missiles which, failing to engage their imaginary target, self-destruct.
     Improved rotor blades will add 10 percent to the helicopters’ maximum speed of 340 kilometers per hour.