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Mil Helicopter Mi-28 "(Havoc)"

Attack Helicopter

Hunting the Hunters.

The Mil Mi-28 "Havoc" is one of two standardized attack helicopters fielded by Russian forces (the other being the Ka-52 "Alligator"). Development on the Mi-28 was slow in the 1970s with production not beginning until 1982 and official series introduction not had until 2009 through the Mi-28N variant. Today, the helicopter is fielded by only two other powers beyond Russia, these being Algeria and the rebuilding Iraqi Army. As such, only 126 of the type have been completed but the design stands as one of the more fearsome armor-defeating platforms in service - capable of tackling all known armor protection types. As such, the Mi-28 series figures centrally in Russian military plans moving forward.
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Mission Roles

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Target Neutralization

Underwing hardpoints support a broad mix of weapons designed to counter enemy armor, infantry, or a mix of the two. Additionally, Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs) can also be carried as well as external fuel stores to increase operating ranges.

Systems-Aided Hunting

The Havoc sports all-modern battlefield solutions in the cockpit and outside of it, aiding the pilot and gunner in searching for, tracking, and ultimately engaging its prey.

The Trainable 30mm Solution

At the "chin" position of the Mi-28 attack helicopter is a fully-powered, traversable 30mm Shipunov 2A42 automatic cannon afforded 250 rounds of ammunition. The projectiles give good results against armed and unarmored targets at range, giving the Havoc a powerful inherent punch.

Hunter-Killer Support

When operated in tandem "hunter-killer" units, the Mi-28 Havoc series is a foe to be feared over the battlefield through its broad weapons set and advanced onboard systems.


Active, In-Service (15 yrs)
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant (Mil Helicopter) - Russia
126 Units
3 Total

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Algeria; Iraq; Russia

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
Mi-28N: 2 x Klimov TV3-117 turboshaft engines developing 2,195 horsepower driving five-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor (facing starboard).

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
199 mph | 320 kph | 173 kts
Cruising Speed
168 mph | 270 kph | 146 kts
Service Ceiling
18,701 ft | 5,700 m | 3.54 miles
Operational Range
270 miles | 435 km | 235 nm
2,700 ft/min | 823 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the Mi-28N production model)
55.77 feet (17.00 meters)
56.43 feet (17.20 meters)
12.53 feet (3.82 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the Mi-28N production model)
18,960 lb (8,600 kg)
25,353 lb (11,500 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the Mi-28N production model)
1 x 30mm Shipunov 2A42 automatic cannon in powered chin turret (250 x 30mm rounds afforded).

Wing Stubs with two hardpoints each supporting:

Ataka-V Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs).
9K121 "Vikhr" ATGMs.
9M123 "Khrizantema" ATGMs.
S-8 / S-13 rocket pods.
223mm UPK-23-250 (GSh-23L) cannon pods (250 rounds).
"Igla-V" Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs).
"Vympel" AAMs.
KMGU-2 mine dispensers. Supported Types:

Automatic Cannon graphic Automatic Cannon(s)
Air-to-Surface Missile graphic Air-to-Surface Missiles
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
Additional Fuel Tank graphic Additional Fuel
Mi-28 (Havoc) - Base Series Designation; prototype model of 1982.
Mi-28A - Initial production form.
Mi-28B - All-weather, Day-Night Variant of 2009; early-form with 2,500hp Klimov TV3-117VMA-SB3 turboshaft engines from Ukraine, VK-2500 engines from Russia since 2016; increased MTOW; millimeter wave radar; laser rangefinder.
Mi-28NE - Mi-28N export model.
Mi-28NM - Modernized Mi-28N; model of 2009.
Mi-28D - Streamlined daytime attack variant; sans FLIR and top-mounted radar fit.
Mi-28NAe - North Korean export version.
Mi-28UB - Training variant with attack capabilities intact; based in the Mi-28N production model.
Mi-40 - Proposed armed transport.

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