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Russia will flight-test Mi-28NM attack helicopter in 2017

Russia will begin flight testing the Mi-28NM, an upgraded version of the Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunter, attack helicopter in 2017.

As per the Russian News Agency TASS, the Mi-28NM will be configured with a “fundamentally new 360-degree coverage radar, a new control system and [compatibility] for smart weapons.” The Mi-28NM will also provide its crew with enhanced situational awareness (Sputnik News).

Manufactured by Oboronprom and marketed internationally by Russian Helicopters, the Mi-28NE is one Russia’s emerging defence products for Russian armed forces use and export.

The Mi-28NE is used by Algeria and Iraq. Pakistan reportedly expressed interest in the Mi-28NE.

The Mi-28NE has a normal take-off weight of 10,900 kg and is capable of a cruise speed of 270 km/h and service ceiling of 5,600 metres. It can carry up to 16 anti-tank guided missiles.

Notes & Comments:

The Mi-28NE platform is arguably the Boeing AH-64E Guardian’s leading non-American competitor in the heavyweight attack helicopter market. The Mi-28NE is configurable with a mast-mounted millimetric wave radar, enabling the Mi-28NE to acquire a detailed perspective of the ground and to track and engage moving targets.

Russia heavily marketed the Mi-28NE in 2016, citing the platform’s performance in Russia’s campaign in Syria as an example for the helicopter’s credibility in combat, namely counterinsurgency (COIN), which has been a major theme in Russian arms pushes of late (particularly to the developing world).


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  • by Superior Shakeel
    Posted February 17, 2017 6:09 am 0Likes

    this chopper looks so effing menacing like a unrelenting evil beast sent to exterminate you say what you will but the russkies make some damn fine flying machines

  • by Bilal Khan
    Posted February 17, 2017 3:21 pm 0Likes

    We would prefer that posts are as professional as possible and that they stay in line with the subject matter. I have let a few general statements pass now and then, but will need to keep those in check too if they incite people to respond and get into off-topic discussions. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • by Headstrong
    Posted February 17, 2017 5:14 pm 0Likes

    Not to mention the LCH. Best of luck in getting these though

  • by Superior Shakeel
    Posted February 17, 2017 5:58 pm 0Likes

    LCH is not ready yet besides that’s a light weight help not really a match for this monster.

  • by Bilal Khan
    Posted February 17, 2017 6:15 pm 0Likes

    Sure, but I prefer that language be on the professional side as well. You’re entitled to your opinion, but Quwa is also entitled to be a platform of its choosing too. I understand that people talk a certain way, but is it too much to ask for people to be a little different when commenting on the board?

  • by MT
    Posted February 17, 2017 8:54 pm 0Likes

    Ready for limited production but nag atgm is pending final approval

  • by ARMAN
    Posted February 17, 2017 11:38 pm 0Likes

    All of you please reply my question –
    What if we install Explosive reactive Armour (ERA) on Attack helicopters ?

  • by ARMAN
    Posted February 17, 2017 11:40 pm 0Likes

    LCH is only ready for Airshows.

  • by Steve
    Posted February 18, 2017 3:50 am 0Likes

    One thing to be remembered is that this is primarily a Pakistani forum and not a platform for Indian propoganda, particularly if Indians are waxing lyrical as to how great their defence industry is, and how highly developed their country is, which is obviously not true. Often these guys talk about aspirations as if they are battle-tested deployed weapons. Nobody comes on QUWA to hear all that nonsense which is freely available elsewhere all over the internet. It’s also a fact that a state of near-war exists between Pakistan and India. Objectively and professionalism does not exist in a vacuum and detached from ground realities. If Indians are allowed free rein, which is often the case here, for hyperbole and exaggeration, people rebutting that should not be cut off from objectively expressing their views. If someone gets offended by a logically argued objective opinion they should really grow up and face reality, and moderators are not here to save them.

  • by Abdul Rashid
    Posted February 18, 2017 3:29 pm 0Likes

    Hi Steve, Quwa is “primarily” a Pakistani forum only in the sense primarily Pakistan-related defence topics are covered here. As far as comments are concerned the site moderators (yours truly and Bilal) only try to adhere to agreed rules fairly as far as reasonably practical regardless of ones national background or opinion. It is not our intention to defend or attack anyone one here. The opinions allowed to be posted on here are a result of that policy and not necessarily the opinions shared by us. This is the reason for what you identify as certain individuals seemingly given a “free rein”. Of course all users are welcome to write a rebuttal as long as there are no personal insults and on-topic. There is the occasional innocent drift away from the topic at hand but if still defence-related the moderators use personal discretion.

    We do not like to have to amend or delete comments and for that we need the support of users on here. Sometimes it takes a long time for the comments to be posted. That is because Bilal could be busy or sleeping (IF he sleeps at all at the rate he is producing all these great articles, lol) and I could be away from home (as now) for weeks and not have the same time as on my home periods.

  • by Bilal Khan
    Posted February 18, 2017 7:34 pm 0Likes

    Only if posting the book doesn’t infringe on the IP of the publisher. You’ll need to use a Dropbox/cloud storage link too.

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