The first eight Mi-28UB NIGHT HUNTER helicopters, produced at Rostvertol company of the Russian Helicopters Holding (part of State Corporation Rostec), are undergoing user acceptance tests, and are planned to be delivered with dual controls before the end of this year. Designed for Russian forces, it already passed state tests successfully.
The main difference of Mi-28UBs from the classic NIGHT HUNTERs is the dual control system that allows piloting the helicopter from boththe command cockpit and operator's cockpit. Furthermore, ergonomics is enhanced significantly: energy-attenuating seats with improved characteristics are installed in the cockpit; absorbing shock energy in the case of crash landing; and airborne avionics and communication equipment have also been enhanced.
The Mi-28UB, as well as its predecessor, preserves its maneuvering capability and can carry out military tasks at any time of the day or night. The Mi-28UB can be used for fire support of land advanced units and antitank defense. The helicopter possesses improved armor protection and is characterized by high tolerance to battle damage and equipped with a large weapon system. The main customer of OJSC Rostvertol is the Russian Ministry of Defense. In accordance with the approved schedule, the company delivers the whole line of produced helicopters to the Ministry and modernizes equipment produced for the Russian Ministry of Defense in cooperation with Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and under the guidance of Russian Helicopters.