The Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters have been delivered to North Caucasus military district of Russia, a military source said Tuesday. "The first six Mi-28N helicopters have been in service with combat units [in the North Caucasus]," the source told RIA Novosti, without specifying the schedule for the next installment.
The Mi-28N is the latest modification of the attack helicopter Mi-28, manufactured by Rostvertol plant in southern Russia. It is designed to conduct hunter-murderers missions against tanks, helicopters, ground forces and armor in all weather conditions. (Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter - Image Gallery)
The Mi-28N Night Hunter is powered by two TV3-117VMA turbo-shaft engines with 2200 shaft power each. The armored cockpit protects the crew from small arms fire and absorbs the impact energy during emergency landings, ensuring a high survival. Its combat range with internal fuel tanks is 450 kilometers (about 280 miles), but with external fuel tanks can be extended to 1,100 km (680 miles), RIA Novosti reports.