Russian Helicopters, a Rostec holding company, has manufactured the first batch of Mi-28UB combat training helicopters, which will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defenсe (MoD) in November, the holding company has announced. “The aircraft have passed all necessary factory tests. The first helicopters are scheduled for delivery to the defenсe ministry in November 2017,” the company said.
“We continue to work on improvements to the Mi-28 helicopter based on lessons learned in Syria. The arrival of the training version gives almost unlimited possibilities to improve the training system for Mi-28N pilots,” said Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters. He added that the new Mi-28UB will be sent to Syria for combat testing.
The Mi-28UB is a combat training version of the Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ attack helicopter, whose development began in 2010. Although the new aircraft is designed for pilot training, it retains attack capabilities and can be used to strike enemy targets. The main feature of the Mi-28UB is a dual control system, which makes it possible to fly the helicopter from the pilot’s and the weapon operator’s cockpit. This provides the possibility of training military pilots who need to practice flying Mi-28N ‘Night Hunters’. In addition, in combat conditions or unforeseen circumstances, the second crew member can take control of the helicopter. The helicopter also has a fault simulation console, which simulates an in-flight equipment failure for a trainee pilot and improves trainee proficiency in a critical situation.
"We are working under a three-year contract manufacturing up to 10 helicopters per year," Vadim Barannikov, first deputy executive director of Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, said.
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