The Mi-28N is the first new-generation attack helicopter fielded in numbers by the Russian military. The type has also been supplied to two export customers, one of which has used it extensively in combat. Alexander Mladenov visited the Rostvertol plant to profile the helicopter gunship.
The Mi-28N Night Hunter (NATO reporting name Havoc) saw its fair share of combat use during Russia’s campaign in Syria. However, intense testing in real-world combat conditions between 2016 and 2018 revealed a long list of shortcomings; these are now being addressed by introducing numerous small, as well as more extensive, upgrades. At the same time, development of a ‘deeply upgraded’ derivate, the Mi-28NM – set to become the definitive Havoc – has made good progress, and this variant also saw combat trials in Syria in March 2019.