• July 25, 2024

Russian Mi-28NM Helicopter To Carry Cruise Missles

A Russian attack helicopter currently under production, the Mi-28NM, will be equipped with cruise Missles, RIA Novosti has reported.

The aircraft’s four ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs will have a maximum range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), greatly enhancing its ability to strike targets accurately, the state-owned Russian news agency added.

“No other helicopter in the world today has cruise ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs of such range and power as a standard wᴇᴀᴘoɴ,” the outlet wrote, citing a source.


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Drone-Launching Aircraft

The aircraft is an upgrade on the Mi-28N, the helicopter ԍuɴsнιᴘ currently in service with the Russian military.

Among the other upgrades, Mi-28NM will have over its predecessor is the ability to launch mini-drones from its modular мιssιʟᴇ launch tubes, TASS stated in an earlier report.


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“When enemy targets are detected, the helicopter crew issues target designation data and monitors the destruction of targets,” Vitaly Shcherbina, chief designer of the combat helicopters program at the Moscow-based center said to the Russian news agency.


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Other Capabilities

Moreover, the aircraft will be able to communicate with other classes of drones such as the Korsar and Outpost-R (both medium-weight drones) “…both through the automated command post of army aviation and directly between the helicopter and the drone.”


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The helicopter is capable of performing a wide range of functions including reconnaissance, target designation, and “the destruction of ground and air targets.”

The Russian ministry of defense has ordered 98 Mi-28NMs from 2020-2027.

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