First batch of Mi-28UB helicopters produced
Russian Helicopters has completed production of the first batch of Mi-28UB helicopters for the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the company announced on 22 August.
The aircraft are currently undergoing user acceptance testing.
The Russian MoD signed a contract with Russian Helicopters for 24 Mi-28UB helicopters in April 2016. Of these, eight are to be delivered to the Russian MoD by the end of 2017.
The Mi-28UB is the combat training modification of the Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopter, designed for flight instruction and for training flight personnel. The helicopter has a dual control system that allows the aircraft to be piloted from both command cockpit and the operator's cockpit.
A number of other improvements have been made, including enhanced ergonomics and energy-attenuating seats with improved characteristics that can absorb shock energy in case of crash landing. Airborne avionics and communication tools have also been improved, increasing the helicopter's reliability, safety and performance specifications.
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