In Video : Russia tests a new modernized attack helicopter in Syria – Report

A video was posted online by the Syrian opposition media outlet (Step News Agency) shows what appears to be the new Russia’s modernized Mi-28 NM attack helicopter in action over Syria

Couple of the attack helicopter were spotted flying over Latamneh town in north Hama countryside while striking militant positions and movements in the area. If its confirmed to be the new Mi-28NM, it would be the first time to test the new helicopter in real warfare area and its the first time in couple years for Russian attack helicopters to strike militants in north Hama countryside.

 

The Mi-28NM helicopter gunship is designed to search for and destroy low-speed air targets, tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles as well as enemy manpower in daytime and at night, in all weather conditions.

 

The first Mi-28NM helicopter was made in 2009. Being an upgraded variant of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter, it differs significantly from its predecessor.

The Mi-28NM onboard radar equipment comprises an innovative helmet-mounted imaging and pointing system. The helicopter is equipped with an N025 radar station, which makes it possible to carry out round watch. The upgrade also has a new EW system. In addition to that, the Mi-28 NM helicopter has a modified fuselage and modernized engines; a radio-electronic onboard system and a target sight system; an auxiliary power plant and equipment for communication with unmanned aerial vehicles.