Mi-28N Night Hunter into Russian service
The Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopter officially entered into service in Russia after being operated by the Russian Armed Forces for several years
Russian Helicopters, December 27, 2013 - Moscow - The Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopter, made by Russian Helicopters a subsidiary of Oboronprom and part of State Corporation Rostec, has officially entered into service with the Russian Defence Ministry under an order signed by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Before officially entering into service, the Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter was operated by the Russian Armed Forces for several years.
The Ministry of Defence tested it in various conditions and developed a dedicated training and support base. This work was carried out jointly with specialists from the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, which developed the Mi-28N Night Hunter, and the Rosvertol aviation plant, which has series produced the helicopter since 2005. Russian Helicopters has, to date, delivered several dozen Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters to the Russian Defence Ministry.
“The fact that the Defence Ministry has officially accepted the Mi-28N testifies to the fact that the Night Hunter meets the requirements for a combat helicopter, has passed all the necessary tests, and is ready to enter into service with the Russian Air Force,” Alexander Mikheev, CEO at Russian Helicopters, said. “Russian Helicopters companies are not only successfully fulfilling the state defence order, they are continuously striving to improve and modernise combat helicopters, and thereby to strengthen our country’s defences.”
The Mi-28N Night Hunter meets all current combat helicopter requirements, and has roused interest among potential customers. The export model is known as the Mi-28NE Night Hunter.
Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters boast superior flight capabilities, allowing it to perform aerobatic manoeuvres. The legendary Golden Eagles (Berkuty) helicopter aerobatics team have flown Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters since 2012.
Russian Helicopters is constantly working to further hone and improve the flight capabilities of the Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter. A special Mi-28N with dual controls was created for pilot training, which completed its first flight on 9 August 2013.
Rostvertol, OJSC is a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters that produces widely used Mil-brand helicopters and also carries out repair and upgrade work and supplies technical equipment and services. Rostvertol currently mass-produces the Mi-28 Night Hunter (Mi-28NE in its export version); the new Mi-35M combat support helicopter; and the multi-role transport Mi-26T, the world’s heaviest-lift helicopter.
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant is a Russian Helicopters company. The plant focuses on researching, designing, constructing and testing prototype helicopters. Since its establishment the plant has created 12 basic helicopter models including the Mi-8/17, Mi-35M, Mi-26, Mi-28, Mi-38 and numerous modifications. Today Mil helicopters operate in 110 countries and form the backbone of helicopter fleets in Russia, CIS and several countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. The company comprises five helicopter production facilities, two design bureaus, a spare parts production and repair facility, as well as an after-sales service branch responsible for maintenance and repair in Russia and all over the world. Its helicopters are popular among Russian ministries and state authorities (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Control Ministry), operators (Gazpromavia, UTair), major Russian corporations. Over 8000 helicopters of Soviet/Russian make are operated in 110 countries worldwide. Traditionally the demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Russia, and CIS countries. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2012 its IFRS revenues increased 21% to RUB 125,7billion. Deliveries reached 290 helicopters.
OBORONPROM Corporation is a multi-profile industrial and investment group, a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its main tasks include: helicopter engineering (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (United Engine Corporation).
Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and civil purposes. Today it comprises over 663 companies, which form 8 military-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and supply their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012 revenues of the Corporation amounted to RUB 931 billion, net profits were RUB 38.5 billion and total taxation exceeded RUB 109 billion.