The Mi-28NE attack helicopter manufactured by “Russian Helicopters” Holding Company (Rostec State Corporation) made its first demonstration flight at Dubai Airshow, marking the type’s maiden international flight exhibition. This was its first demonstration outside of Russia.
The Mi-28 performed a number of aerobatics at minimum altitudes and speeds, which is especially important for survivability of the helicopter in real combat conditions.
The Mi-28NE demonstrated combat turns, nose diving, pitch-up maneuvers, rearward flight, hovering and climb with rotation under the supervision of test pilot Sergey Barkov.
Mi-28 attack helicopter is fitted with an automatic 30 mm gun with a left to right rotation range of ±110, three types of anti-tank guided missiles with a range of 6 and 10 km, air-to-air guided missiles, unguided missiles of two types, suspended cannon containers, aerial bombs of up to 500 kg grade.
The helicopter’s main rotor blades are capable of withstanding 30 mm projectiles.
It has high-power engines, with 2,400 horsepower each. It is possible to fly it with one engine if the other is damaged. Its front and side cockpit windows are armoured and the cabin is protected by ceramic armor. The Mi-28NE was also fitted with a new exhaust infra-red suppression system and particle separator.
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