First series produced Mi-28N delivered to Russian AF
01 Jun 2006
On May 29th, 2006, Rostvertol handed over the first series produced Mi-28N attack helicopter to Russia's Ministry of Defense after it completed all tests by the manufacturer.
The 'Night Hunter' will join the two Mi-28N prototypes, currently being tested by the Ministry of Defense. The type recently completed the first phase of State tests by proving its all-weather and night capability. Further State tests will include more performance tests followed by systems testing and weapons trials.
Rostvertol will supply seven Mi-28N to the Russian Air Force this year. The second production Mi-28N will be ready for factory testing soon, afer which it will also be delivered for State testing. The full requirement is expected to be around 50 helicopters, and full production is expected to turn out between 20 and 25 helicopters a year.
The Mi-28N prototype's maiden flight took place in late 2005 from Rostvertol's airfield. First designed in the early 1990s, the Mi-28N's development had been suspended since 1993. Based on the Mi-28, the Mi-28N is equipped with improved systems and navigation radar, making the aircraft all-weather and night capable.