MAKS 2021: Foreign customers interested in Mi-28NM combat helicopter


Potential foreign customers show interest in Russia’s advanced Mil Mi-28NM (NATO reporting name: Havoc) attack helicopter, Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said at the MAKS 2021 international airshow. "There is interest in the Mi-28NM. As of today, we have no requests [for the possible delivery of this helicopter] yet," Shugayev said.


Foreign customers interested in Mi 28NM combat helicopter Mil Mi-28NM attack helicopter (Picture source: Naked-Science.ru)


The Mi-28NE previous version has proven its efficiency, Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said. "It was worth modernizing this helicopter," he added.

In October 2016, a prototype of an upgraded Mi-28NM helicopter performed its maiden flight. The Russian Defense Ministry has ordered the first batch of Mi-28NM helicopters in December 2017, not disclosing the number of helicopters ordered. In March 2019, a Mi-28NM prototype was seen accompanied by a Mi-24/Mi-35M during a combat sortie over rebel-held territory in the northern Hama. It was reported the helicopter was sent to Syria to underwent testing in difficult weather and climatic conditions. The Russian Air Force has received the first two serial Mi-28NMs on 23 June 2019.[27] A month later, during the International Military-Technical Forum Army 2019, the Russian Defence Ministry and Rostec signed a long-term contract for the supply of 98 Mi-28NMs by 2027.


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