The Russian military has selected the upgraded Mi-24PN to be their primary combat helicopter. The PN version has a Tv plus a FLIR camera discovered in a dome on the front of the aircraft. Other modifications consist of employing the rotor blades and wings from the Mi-28 and fixed As opposed to retractable landing gear. The Russians received 14 Mi-24PNs in 2004 and program on Eventually upgrading all of their Mi-24s.
Mi-24PN upgraded transport-combat helicopters intended for accomplishing of night missions began to come} on inventory of Russian Air Force, informed "Interfax - AVN" General Lieutenant Alexander Zelin, Aviation Chief, Deputy Air Force Commander.
The test batch of five Mi-24PN assault helicopters modernized by Rostvertol in Rostov-on-Don was tested |in the 344th Army Aviation Pilot Training Center in Torzhok. The first military unit to receive production versions of the improved Mi-24PN in 2005 was the 487th Separate Helicopter Regiment in Budyonovsk near Chechnya.