Russian Helicopters has produced the first Mi-28UB ‘Havoc’ and is testing the combat helicopters, the company announced on 22 August.
Eight Mi-28UBs will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the end of the year, the company said.
The holding company’s CEO, Andrey Boginsky said that deliveries of the helicopters, which are undergoing user-acceptance trials at Russian Helicopters, would begin soon.
The Mi-28UB differs from the Mi-28N/NE ‘Night Hunter’ in that it is dual control, allowing the helicopter to be flown from both the front and rear cockpit. The avionics and communications systems have also been upgraded and the cockpit has been made more shock proof.
With improved armour protection, the Mi-28UB can be used for fire support, in the anti-tank role and for training.