MOSCOW --- The prototype of the newest Mi-28NM (M stands for upgraded, Modernizirovanny) combat helicopter has been delivered to the Lyubertsy-based flight-test center of the Moscow Helicopter Plant named after M. Mil (a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding), according to open sources.
Hence, the flight trials of the rotor-wing aircraft will likely take place in the Moscow Region. The Rostov Helicopter Plant (Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding) produced the demonstrator in 2015.
Mi-28NM is known to be equipped with new above rotor-based N025 radar and advanced rotor blades to increase the helicopter’s maximum flight speed. The chin-mounted weapon station armed with 30mm Shipunov 2A42 automatic cannon has been enhanced.
The upgraded 'Night Hunter' has received an advanced suite of optical-electronic sensors mounted in the new nose turret that has replaced the Mi-28N’s missile guidance system dome and thermal imager. The prototype of the Mi-28NM combat helicopter is not equipped with the onboard Vitebsk electronic protection system. However, the system’s jamming station is supposed to be installed on the upgraded helicopter’s tail boom later.
Mi-28NM is reported to be equipped with dual-control system. The Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (Russian acronym: KRET, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) is developing a laser suppress station to protect Mi-28NM against guided missiles. The trials of the helmet-integrated sighting and control system intended for the upgraded 'Night Hunter' are to be completed by the year-end.
The development of the Mi-28NM rotor-wing aircraft commenced in 2009. The helicopter is intended for the elimination of hostile soft-skin and hard-skin vehicles, low-flying aerial targets and manpower at day and night.