Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter


The Mi-28NE is an export variant of the Mi-28N helicopter developed by Rostvertol, a manufacturing arm of Russian Helicopters. The Night Hunter attack helicopter is designed to provide enhanced combat capabilities against land, air and sea-based targets.

The Mi-28NE Night Hunter can be deployed to identify and destroy enemy battle tanks, armoured vehicles, personnel, boats, small naval vessels, and low-speed and low-altitude aircraft. The combat helicopter can also be used to destroy protected sites and defence installations.


Orders and deliveries of Mi-28NE Night Hunter

Upon completion of a series of test flights in 2007 Russia and Iraq signed a $4.2bn agreement for up to 36 Mi-28NEs, a number of other helicopters, and anti-aircraft defence systems in October 2012. The deal was approved by the Iraqi authorities in April 2013 and the Iraqi Air Force received the first three of the first batch of 15 Mi-28NE helicopters in July this year.

The first serial production Mi-28N helicopter was delivered to the Russian Air Force in mid 2006 and entered into service in December 2013. The Mi-28Ns are also in service with Iraq and Kenya.

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Design and features of the Mi-28NE combat helicopter

The Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopter, which is capable of executing missions under all weather conditions during day and night, incorporates a wide range of combat equipment and advanced avionics to deliver enhanced defence capabilities. It can perform manual and automatic nap of the earth (NOE) flight and has stand-alone solo stationing capability.


The combat helicopter is equipped with shock-absorbing landing gear and inflatable rubber bags, and features main and tail rotor blades made using composite materials. The normal and maximum take-off weights are 10,900kg and 12,100kg respectively.


The armoured cockpit is fitted with shock-absorbing seats and a parachute escape system for a crew of two. The portside and starboard cockpit doors and wing panels are installed with an emergency jettisoning system. The helicopter offers superior protection and increased situational awareness for the crew against small arms.

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It is  a 3 hardlinered armor, the inner cockpit section made of a full single titanium alloy “bathtub” covering both pilots, followed by a middle liner of ceramic plates, which caused trouble first after a single shot they break apart and lost all its protective abilities, they avoided that by covering this ceramic plates with kevlar/aramid that was glued on tightend and the outer liner which gives the aerodynamic shape and is made of alluminium alloy with a part carbon in it. The total armor per pilot for russian Ka-50 which they could use was about 300kg while the Apache uses about 90kg of armor per pilot. The Mi-28 has about 250-280kg which was mentioned somewhere else. The Ka-52 has less armor than both Mi-28 and Ka-50 spend for each pilot but it is still in the figure of 150-200kg. (Source:Russian Defense)

Mi-28NE’s armament and protection features

The Mi-28NE Night Hunter combat helicopter is armed with reliable guided weapon systems and missile launchers to destroy enemy aircraft and helicopters.

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The helicopter can carry up to 16 Ataka-B air-to-ground missiles and eight short-range Igla man-portable surface-to-air missile systems. It is also armed with two Strelets air-to-air missiles, 80mm and 130mm S-13 rocket pods, B-8 V20A rocket pods with S-8 and B-13 L’1 weapons, and a movable weapon mount with a 30mm 2A42 cannon.

The helicopter offers fire protection for power equipment, hydraulic systems and other fire hazardous units and compartments. The engine compartment is insulated by airframe elements and the self-sealing fuel tanks are protected from explosion and fuel leakage.

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2A42 30mm automatic gun


The 30mm automatic gun is designed for firing at light armored targets within a distance up to 1500 m, non-armored targets within a distance up to 4000 m and also at low-flying subsonic air targets up to 2000 m within a slant distance of 2500m. The gun can be fired in single shots or in burst (low or high rate of fire). It offers reliable functioning under severe conditions, such as temperature range from +50°C up to -50°C, in rain, dust, frost and in very dry environment.

Mi-28N_(5)30mm 2A42 cannon


Caliber   30 mm
Number of grooves   16
Twist of grooves   715,5 mm
Rate of fire high min 550 rounds/min
  low 200-300 rounds/min
Gun weight   115 kg
Barrel weight   38,5 kg
Recoiling force   40-50 Kn
Length of the gun   3 027 mm
Voltage of the trigger electric source, contact system   27 +2/-5 V
Feeding   Two belt type
Recocking   Pyrotechnical or manual
Number of powder cartridges   3
Force required to cock the gun by hand for:    
– loading   up to 400 N
– re-loading with simultaneous extraction of misfired round     up to 600 N

2A42 30mm specification source



The improved version of Mi-28NM has been equipped with surveillance radar and a new control system, the RIA Novosti news agency reported earlier, citing the managing director of the Russian Helicopters (Rosvertol) company, Petr Motrenko. The new attack helicopter also has received improved rotor blades that will increase the cruising speed of the machine by 13% and the top speed – by 10%. According to rumors, the new version will be able to reach speed of 600 km/h (370 mph).


The Mi-28NM attack helicopter is producing at the Rosvertol plant in Rostov. The machine was designed to find and destroy tanks and other armored vehicles in conditions of active fire and electronic countermeasures. The helicopter also can hunt for low-speed air targets and infantry.


The letter ‘N’ (‘night’) in the name of the Mi-28NM shows the helicopter’s ability to work equally effectively at any time of a day. The helicopter modernization project provides for the installation of the radar antenna over the flapping hinge. In addition to the circular view it will enable the crew to monitor the situation, hiding in the folds of the terrain.

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Another point that drew attention in the design is that the aircraft nose FLIR is now positioned just below the pilot’s cockpit. The aircraft has a more comfortable cabin and the crew favors a greater inclination relationship between the driver and the shooter. The 30mm cannon with its revolving tower will be positioned in the “chin” of the aircraft.
On the issue of avionics onboard, the new Mi-28nm will have numerous inputs KA-52 project, but its electronic warfare systems, integrated radar and FLIR are being developed by Kret whose source consulted said that many of the components were developed independently of government contracts. Source

“The radar is able to process information from multiple channels at the same time that helps to improve accuracy of the measurement of the coordinates and parameters of obstacles. The number of simultaneously tracked targets has been increased, new modes have been developed. Performance-board computer has been increased ten times,” Pavel Budagov, the Director of the Ryazan instrument factory, where the radar was developed, said.

The Mi-28NM has also been equipped with a dual control system – the machine can also be operated by the navigator-operator. Source

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Avionics on board Mi-28NE Night Hunter

The Mi-28NE Night Hunter combat helicopter is equipped with an advanced set of integrated avionics suites for automatic detection and tracking of targets during combat missions.


KRET’s Ohotnik automatic thermal television system is installed to perform intellectual processing of video images and a high-speed digital interface is used to transmit video signals.

The helicopter is fitted with a helmet-mounted target identification and indication system to project images onto the visor and to determine the direction of proliferation automatically. An optical-electronic system is used to process the information collected by the helmet system. It is also used for observation, navigation and fire control tasks.

Helmet-mounted target designation and indication system NSTsI-V for Mi-28NHelmet-mounted target identification and indication system to project images onto the visor

The helicopter also incorporates KRET’s airborne radar system and a receiving-transmitting antenna module to detect dangerous objects and meteorological formations. The radar enables the helicopter to remain invisible to the enemy. Other equipment aboard the Mi-28NE includes a dual-control system, CV-28 M round-the-clock target sight system, and a laser system.

N025 radar

N-025E radar for Mi-28NEN-025E radar

The new N025 radar is unique in that its receiving and transmission antenna module is located on the helicopter’s rotor. Since the radar revolves around a fixed point, it can provide 360-degree visibility.


Normally, helicopter radars are located on the bow, meaning the aircraft must turn around if it wants to see what is happening behind it.

According to Vladimir Mikheev, Advisor to the First Deputy CEO of KRET, the range and detection capabilities of the new radar developed by the concern exceed the requirements of tactical and technical specifications and have no analogues in Russia.

As previously reported, the updated Night Hunter will also feature a new control system and “electronic cabin.” The Mi-28N helicopter’s avionics already correspond to the requirements of the fifth-generation aircraft equipment. Its primary developer, Ramensky Instrument Design Bureau (RPKB), is a KRET subsidiary. KRET specialists also plan on installing electronic warfare systems on the Night Hunter. Source

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot (rear), 1 navigator/weapons operator (front)
  • Length: 17.91 m (58 ft 9 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 17.20 m (56 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 3.82 m (12.5 ft (150 in))
  • Disc area: 232.35 m² (2,501 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 7,890 kg (17,400 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 10,500 kg (23,150 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 11,700 kg (25,800 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Klimov TV3-117 turboshaft, 1,636 kW (2,194 shp) each

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Турбовальный двигатель ТВ7-117В (TV7-117V engine)


Principal specifications of the TV7-117V:

Versions TV7-117V(VM) ТV7-117VK
Emergency performance (Н=0, V=0):
emergency power sustained for 30 seconds (ISA+5°С), hp 3750
emergency power sustained for 2-5 minutes (ISA+15°С), hp 3500
emergency power sustained for 30 minutes (ISA+20°С), hp 3000 2800
Takeoff performance (Н=0, V=0):
power (ISA+20°С), hp 2800 2500
specific fuel consumption, g/hp/hr 199 201
Cruising performance (Н=0, V=0):
power (ISA+20°С), hp 2000 1800
specific fuel consumption, g/hp/hr 220 230
Dimensions, mm:
Length 1614 2077
Width 640 685
Height 820 820
Weight, kg 360 380




  • Guns: 1× chin-mounted 30 mm Shipunov 2A42 cannon with 250 rounds (±110° horizontal fire)
  • Hardpoints: Two pylons under each stub wing to mount bombs, rockets, missiles, and gun pods. Main armament configurations include:

Source: Air Force Technology, Wiki, Russian Defense

Updated Feb 25, 2017

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