Potentially the most powerful Russian attack helicopter will be able to control kamikaze drones

Potentially the most powerful Russian attack helicopter will be able to control kamikaze drones
Potentially the most powerful Russian attack helicopter will be able to control kamikaze drones
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For the Mi-28NM attack helicopter, we purchased sets of equipment that will allow it to control various UAVs, including attack ones. Earlier it became known that the rotorcraft will be able to use the Vikhr-1 anti-tank missiles.

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The systematic build-up of the capabilities of the Mi-28NM attack helicopter continues. As it became known, the machine will use UAVs that will be able to solve shock missions.

"Night superhunter" will be able to control reconnaissance UAVs and kamikaze drones using the AS-UAV communication equipment. The Defense Ministry has already ordered 80 sets of systems that will allow the helicopter crew to exchange information with the drone at a distance of up to 50 kilometers,”sources in the defense department told Izvestia. The kit allows you to transmit video in real time.

Information that the new version of the Mi-28 will be able to control the UAV has previously appeared in the media (however, the details were mostly left behind the scenes).

The Mi-28NM differs from the earlier versions of the Mi-28 by the standard installation of an H025 type overhead radar, a duplicated control system, an improved cockpit and a number of other features. As it became known, the Ministry of Defense ordered 96 of these rotorcraft with delivery by the end of 2027.

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The basic version of the helicopter made its first flight on November 10, 1982. On November 14, 1996, the improved Mi-28N took off for the first time. The Mi-28NM, which has become the pinnacle of the development of the Mi-28NM family, made its first flight in July 2016. In total, more than 120 machines of different versions were produced. According to data from open sources, the price of one car is approximately $ 18 million.

One of the most important aspects of improving the Mi-28 concerns weapons. The rapidly aging standard Attack-type complexes can no longer fully ensure the effectiveness of the vehicle. Earlier, it was decided to equip the helicopter with the Vikhr-1 anti-tank guided missile, which became part of the arsenal of another Russian attack helicopter, the Ka-52 Alligator. The product uses a laser guidance system and can hit targets at a distance of 10 kilometers.

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Another innovation will be a fundamentally new long-range missile "Product-305", which, according to some reports, is capable of hitting targets at a distance of 100 kilometers. As reported in May, one Mi-28NM will be able to carry up to four such missiles.

In the distant future, Russia may receive a promising high-speed combat helicopter, the appearance of which was shown in 2018.

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