The Russian Helicopters Group of the Rostec State Corporation has fulfilled its 2019 defense procurement plan and delivered over 20 attack helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The attack helicopters successfully passed acceptance tests and were adopted by the Russian Aerospace Forces. The company fully meets the Defense Ministry’s needs for modern combat helicopters. Specially, Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ reconnaissance and strike helicopters, Mi-35M transport/attack rotorcraft and Mi-28N and Mi-28UB gunships arrived for the troops in 2019.
Besides, the latest Mi-28NM ‘Night Hunter’ attack helicopters were delivered for the first time and Russian Helicopters Group will manufacture 98 such gunships for the Defense Ministry by 2027. The new ‘Night Hunters’ considerably differ from the Mi-28N baseline, the helicopter features a modified fuselage, upgraded engines, an auxiliary powerplant, a new avionics suite, advanced armament and inter-operability with drones and ground-based command posts.
The production of helicopters delivered as part of the state defense order was carried out at the enterprises of the Russian Helicopters holding – Progress AAC and Rostvertol PJSC. At Progress AAC, under the order of the Russian Ministry of Defense, under the leadership of Kamov Design Bureau, experimental design work is underway to modernize the Ka-52 helicopter, including taking into account the experience of combat use, which will significantly improve its performance. Work is underway to increase the range of detection and recognition of targets, expand the range of weapons used.