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Russia to show off combat trainer at MAKS 2013

A new Russian combat training helicopter with a dual-control system that can be used in Mi-28NE Night Hunter pilot training while retaining all the functionality of an attack helicopter will be shown off at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation & Space Salon, which starts tomorrow (August 26).

The Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB performed its maiden demonstration flight on August 9 at the flight test centre in Rostervol, where the aircraft are made.

RH says the major difference between the Mi-28UB and the Mi-28N Night Hunter is a dual hydromechanical flight control system which allows the helicopter to be operated both from the pilot’s cockpit and the flight instructor’s cockpit. In addition, the canopy of the flight instructor’s cockpit has been expanded, and there’s a change to the configuration of the energy-absorbing seats.

“The Mi-28UB helicopter will improve significantly and render more effective training of pilots of Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters, which are supplied to the Russian air force, and may be offered for export,” Russian Helicopters says.

MAKS 2013 will be held at the Zhukovsky airfield in Moscow’s suburbs from August 26 to September 1.

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Iraq military to receive 10 Russian Night Hunters

Iraq is to receive over 10 fully armed and equipped Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters from Russia as part of a multi-billion-dollar agreement.

The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that this is the first time the number of Night Hunters to be supplied under a US$4.3 billion agreement on defence and technology which was signed last year.

Alexander Mikheyev, deputy general director at Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, told the agency that the helicopter contract also covers pilot and technical personnel training and the delivery of essential weapons systems.

Defense Update reports that this aircraft, code-named ‘HAVOC’ by NATO, was developed in the 1980s to counter the US Boeing AH-64 Apache.

“The typical armament of this helicopter includes a 30mm chin mounted gun, two rocket BL13 rocket pods carrying five S13 (100mm) or 20xS8 (80mm) rockets plus and two pairs of AT-8 ATAKA anti-tank missiles pods each carrying four missiles.”

Manufacturer Russian Helicopters JSC says the Mi-28NE “is designed to carry out search-and-destroy operations against tanks, armoured vehicles and personnel; to destroy protected sites and defence installations; to fly search-and-destroy operations against boats and other small naval vessels; and to combat low-speed and low-altitude enemy aircraft.”

It has an integrated avionics suite that allows NOE flight on auto-pilot at night and in adverse conditions. The 10,900kg helicopter has a cruising speed of 270km/h with a maximum of 300km/h, a hover ceiling of 3600m and an operational ceiling (ISA, OGE) of 5,600m.

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