The Mi-28NE attack helicopter produced at the Rostvertol Plant of Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will take part in the summer programme of the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2017 for the first time.
The Mi-28NE possesses enhanced maneuverability and can perform a wide range of aerobatic maneuvers. The aircraft will take part in both group and solo flying during the six days of the salon. The approximate duration of each solo flight of the Mi-28NE will be eight minutes.
Batch manufacturing of the two new helicopters - the Mi-28NE with dual control (an export model meeting the demands of foreign customers) and the Mi-28UB (a training-and-combat helicopter for the Russian military aerospace forces) was launched at the Rostov enterprise in 2016.
The creation of dual control helicopters is the logical continuation of developing the concept of an attack army helicopter. The idea of creating new modifications of the Mi-28N appeared during the cooperation of JSC Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and PJSC Rostvertol with the representatives of the Ministry of Defenсe of the RF and with foreign customers. It was necessary to develop helicopters that, alongside their primary objective, could also be used for training flight personnel.
The main difference of Mi-29NE and Mi-29UB from a classical 'Night Hunter' is the dual control system that allows to pilot the helicopter from both command cockpit and operator's cockpit. Thus the helicopter, alongside its primary objective, can be used for training flight personnel.
It also has several other special characteristics, including the larger armor-glazed area that improves visibility significantly. Moreover, the ergonomics is perfected: energy-attenuating seats are installed in the cockpit; they can absorb the shock energy in case of crash landing. Airborne avionics and communication tools have also been changed, and this increased the aircraft's reliability and safety significantly.
The Mi-28NE was first presented at the Moscow Aviation Salon 2015, at the static site, and elicited high interest of foreign customers. In 2016, the first export supplies of the Mi-28NE began within the framework of the previously signed contracts.
During MAKS 2017, PJSC Rostvertol will present three helicopters in total: Mi-28NE, Mi-35M, and Mi-26T2. All of them will take part in both flight and static demonstration of the aviation salon.