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First batch of Mi-28NEs with dual-control technology to be delivered in April

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First export batch of Mi-28NEs with dual-control technology to be delivered in April
 
Russia will deliver the first export batch of Mil Mi-28NE helicopters with the dual-control technology to a foreign customer in April, a source in the Russian defense and industrial sector told TASS on Wednesday. "The Rostvertol Enterprise, [part of Russian Helicopters rotorcraft maker], has started serially producing Mi-28NE helicopters with the dual-control technology," the source said.
     
First export batch of Mi 28NEs with dual control technology to be delivered in April 640 001 A RuAF Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter 
(Credit: Russian Helicopters)
     
"The Rostvertol Enterprise will deliver the first batch of Mi-28NE helicopters [to a foreign customer] in April," the source added.

According to the source, an Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan plane will deliver the first batch of four Mi-28NE helicopters to the foreign customer.

The source did not specify the country that would receive Mi-28NE helicopters with the dual-control technology.

However, according to data of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia is officially delivering Mi-28NE helicopters to Iraq and Algeria. In 2013, Algeria signed a contract for purchasing 42 Russian-made Mi-28NE helicopters with the dual-control technology, while Iraq is receiving organic Mi-28NE helicopters.

The Mi-28NE helicopter with the dual-control technology has better combat efficiency and survivability characteristics and makes it easier to train pilots. The helicopter can be operated either from the pilot or the instructor cabin. The modernised Mi-28NE prototype with dual controls, increased cockpit working size and modern energy-absorbing seats was produced in 2014, with testing completed at the end of 2015.

All Mi-28NE helicopters with the dual-control technology are furnished with night-vision systems.
     
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