BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Russian military has tested their Mi-28NM attack helicopter in a combat mission inside Syria, the Russian publication Izvestia recently reported.
Dubbed the “night hunter”, the Mi-28NM completed successful trials in Syria’s mountainous and desert terrain. Such tests have confirmed that the helicopter is ready to enter service in the Russian military, Isvestia reported.
The former commander of the Russian 4th Army Air Force and Air Defense Valery Gorbenko explained that the Mi-28NM has the ability to provide close support to paratroopers, motorized infantry, tanks and reconnaissance planes .
The Mi-28NM differs greatly from its predecessors as it is equipped with a NO25E radar. This radar gives the aircraft all-around visibility, along with a radar image of the terrain.
The publication added that another feature of the Mi-28NM is an engine equipped with a system capable of regulating its operation in flight.
One of the Mi-28NM’s most distinctive features is its radar dome that is located on top of its rotor blades.
The Mi-28NM was reportedly used in combat missions against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in central and eastern Syria.