Russian advanced flying tank hunter spotted in Syria
The latest version of Russian advanced attack helicopter, known as Mi-28NM was spotted in Syria for the first time.
The improved Mi-28NM has been seen in a video attributed to the Syrian militants that are fighting in Northern Hama on March 21.
The new Russiam attack helicopter has been deployed for a short time in the Syrian battlefield for combat trials, according to a local source.
The Mi-28NM is the latest version of the Mi-28 attack helicopter that incorporates upgrades based off Russian experiences in Syria. The improved helicopter is designed to search for and destroy low-speed air targets, tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles as well as enemy manpower in daytime and at night, in all weather conditions.
Being an upgraded variant of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter, it differs significantly from its predecessor. The Mi-28NM onboard radar equipment comprises an innovative helmet-mounted imaging and pointing system.
The flying tank hunter is equipped with an N025 radar station, which makes it possible to carry out round watch. The upgrade also has a new EW system. In addition to that, the Mi-28 NM helicopter has a modified fuselage and modernized engines; a radio-electronic onboard system and a target sight system; an auxiliary power plant and equipment for communication with unmanned aerial vehicles.
The new helicopter still under test and have not yet entered squadron service.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on March 7 that the Defense Ministry planned to sign a contract for the delivery of first six or 18 Mi-28NM flying tank hunter soon.
Source: Defense Blog