A prototype of the advanced Mi-28NM “Night Hunter” attack helicopter participated in an aerial attack on militant positions in northern Hama on March 21, a new video released by Jaysh al-Izza on March 22 reveals.
The Mi-28NM can be easily recognized thanks to the unique design of its new nose hull, which is completely different from the nose hull of the original Mi-28N.
Izvestia had reported that a prototype of the Mi-28NM was deployed in the Russian Hmeimim airbase in western Syria for testing purposes. The Russian newspaper said that the helicopter will be tested in the rough condition of the Syrian desert. However, the helicopter was apparently deployed also to be tested in real combat environment.
The Mi-28NM features new nose hull, new weapon control systems and new radar. It is also designed to use advanced precision-guided weaponry, including a new 25km-range electro-optical guided missile, dubbed “Article 305.”
In Jaysh al-Izza video, the Mi-28NM prototype can be seen escorted by a variant of the Mi-35M helicopter gunship. The Mi-35M is also being modernized with new armour, new propulsion and optical system. However, it’s unclear if the one seen in the video is a prototype of the new upgrade, which is known as Mi-35MV.
The Syrian conflict has allowed the Russian military to test hundreds of modern weapon systems. The military also gained significate combat experience that helped it to improve already-exciting systems.