Serhat TUNAR-TDO- Russia’s upcoming Mi-28NM attack helicopter is being tested with an upgraded engine. “The safety, functionality and flight characteristics of the combat helicopter have been considerably increased by furnishing the VK-2500P [engine] with the upgraded automated control system,” announced the Rostec Corporation press office.
The Mi-28NM “Night Hunter” is a modernization of the Mil Mi-28, NATO reporting name “Havoc,” a staple Soviet attack helicopter in use since the early 1980s. The original Mi-28’s prolific operational history extends all the way to Russia’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War, where a host of technical problems with its onboard electronic systems and engine performance were laid bare.
The original Mi-28 has seen several variants over the past few decades, including a daylight Mi-28D and all-weather Mi-28N. Whereas previous iterations involved minor adaptability changes, the Mi-28NM is a comprehensive redesign intended to serve as Russia’s flagship attack helicopter for the foreseeable future. “Innovative technologies and solutions implemented in the design of that helicopter, not only just improved its characteristics, but also made Mi-28NM an almost perfect combat vehicle,” General Director of “Helicopter Holding Russia” Alexander Mikheyev announced.