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Russian Helicopters Produces First New-Variant Night Hunters

By S.L. Fuller | August 23, 2017
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The Mi-28UB is a new variant of the Mi-28N. Photo by Yevgeny Volkov

The first batch of Russian Helicopters Mi-28UBs has been produced, the manufacturer said. The Mi-28UBs is the new version of the Mi-28N Night Hunter.

"The production of the first batch of Mi-28UB is an extremely important event not only for [Russian Helicopters], but also for our colleagues from the Ministry of Defense, and soon the supply of the modernized Night Hunter will begin,” said Andrei Boginsky, Russian Helicopters chief. “The Mi-28 proved its effectiveness, so we expect that the combat training version of this helicopter will be extremely demanded by the troops.”

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The main difference in the new version of the aircraft, Russian Helicopters said, is that the Mi-28UB has a dual-control system. It can be piloted from the pilot-in-command cockpit, or the pilot-operator. Ergonomics have also been improved, with new armchair designs. The avionics have also been improved. It can be used to support ground forces and anti-tank defense.

Russian Helicopters said it expects to deliver eight of the new helicopters before the end of the year.

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