Russia’s Mi-28NE Gunship to Make International Debut at Dubai Airshow

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Russia’s Mi-28NE Gunship to Make International Debut at Dubai Airshow
Mi-28NE attack helicopter @Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters said it is showcasing Mi-28NE attack helicopter at the Dubai Airshow 2021 for the first time.

The Mi-28NE is the modification of the "Night Hunter. It has never been shown at foreign exhibitions before. Another rotorcraft, Ka-52, is set to make its debut at the Dubai Airshow. These two helicopters will demonstrate a rich flight program with elements of complex aerobatics and maneuvers used in real air combat. They are designed to destroy enemy tanks, armored and unarmored vehicles, manpower and helicopters in any weather conditions and at any time of the day, the company has announced.

Another debutant of Dubai Airshow 2021 will be the modernized Ka-226T light helicopter. It was first unveiled at the MAKS-2021 air show. Compared to previous models, the modernized Ka-226T has improved flight performance. In particular, the flight speed has been increased, the weight of an empty helicopter has been reduced, and the range of use has been increased. This helicopter is distinguished by a low vibration level, ease and simplicity of control, the ability to take off and land on sites of minimal dimensions and high hover accuracy even when working with a load on an external sling. One of the key features of the updated Ka-226T is its adaptability for flying in highlands, thanks to which the modernization project received the working title "Climber".

Russia’s Mi-28NE Gunship to Make International Debut at Dubai Airshow
Mi-28NE attack helicopter @Russian Helicopters

Dubai Airshow 2021 will also be the site for the debut of the heavy multipurpose Mi-171A2 in the Middle East. Potential customers from the UAE and other countries in the region will have a chance to get acquainted with the helicopter equipped with a luxury cabin. At the end of the air show, the aircraft presented at the exhibition will be handed over to the first operator of the Mi-171A2 from the United Arab Emirates. The Mi-171A2 embodies the best qualities of the Mi-8/17 type machines, taking into account the achievements of modern aircraft manufacturing technologies. The main differences between the Mi-171A2 and previous modifications include more powerful and economical engines, a main rotor with composite blades of improved aerodynamics, an X-shaped tail rotor, a fundamentally new avionics, and an improved automatic control system. The Mi-171A2 can be effectively used in high-altitude conditions.

The light multipurpose helicopter Ansat will be presented at Dubai Airshow in two versions - with a medical module and with a VIP-cabin in the style of the Aurus brand. At the same time, Ansat, in medical equipment, will take part in the flight program of the air show and will demonstrate high performance characteristics that allow the aircraft to maneuver in a confined space, which is especially important when performing ambulance missions in dense urban areas. The Ansat helicopter is equipped with two engines and can be used for passenger and VIP transportation, cargo delivery, environmental monitoring and as an ambulance board. The successfully completed high-altitude tests of Ansat confirmed the possibility of its operation in mountainous terrain at altitudes up to 3500 meters. The helicopter can be used in the temperature range from -45 to +50 degrees Celsius.

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