1. Russia’s latest super helicopter gunship, the upgraded Mi-28NM, can shoot missiles with lasers!

Russia’s latest super helicopter gunship, the upgraded Mi-28NM, can shoot missiles with lasers!

The upgraded version of Mi-28NM will be loaded with bombs and will be capable of 'interacting' with drones or unmanned aerial vehicles.

By: | Published: November 1, 2016 1:29 PM
Mi 28NM, Mi 28NM helicopter, Mi 28NM Night Hunter, Mi 28NM versus Apache, Mi 28NM Havoc Russia’s ability to come up with state-of-the-art, futuristic, and deadly military hardware is well known. (Russian Helicopters image of Mi-28 NE)

Russia’s ability to come up with state-of-the-art, futuristic, and deadly military hardware is well known. And the latest addition (or improvement) to their arsenal is the upgraded Mi-28NM ‘Night Hunter’ helicopter gunship! According to the newspaper, the upgraded version of Mi-28NM will be loaded with bombs and will be capable of ‘interacting’ with drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. The report quoted Yevgeny Poluyanov of the Mil Experimental Design Bureau as saying that the new Mi-28NM will able good enough to interact in a ‘single information space’ with ground combat units and other kinds of high-tech weaponry. Poluyanov added that the upgraded Mi-28NM will be equipped with different kinds of missiles – guided and unguided. “The helicopter is also equipped with the latest anti-jamming system and a laser array designed to deflect all existing heat-seeking missiles,” he said.

According to Poluyanov, the Mi-28NM “substantially outperforms” America’s AH-64-D Apache helicopter. This feat is achieved with the help of Ataka and Khrizantema air-to-air guided missiles, Poluyanov has said in the past. The Mi-28NM is a better version of the Mi-28N, and is currently being upgraded to make it a fifth-generation gunship. The upgradation project is expected to be complete some time next year. The new version of the Mi-28NM will also feature an advanced weapons guidance system and a 360 degree radar. The new weapons guidance system is expected to help in faster “target acquisition”.

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Recently, Russia unveiled the RS-28 Sarmat, a new missile that is dubbed by the NATO as ‘Satan 2’. The Satan 2 is a thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile. The de-classified image was released by Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau on its website. The new missile will send chills down the spine of the West, because it is reportedly capable of destroying areas as big as Texas and France! According to the Daily Mail, the Satan 2 will have a range of 10,000 km and the missile would also be able to evade radars! The huge range of the missile implies that Russia would have the power to attack London, other European cities and cities on America’s west and east coasts! The missile is likely to have around 10 heavy or 16 lighter nuclear warheads, or a combination of warheads that will act as a big threat against Russia’s enemies.

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Russia is continuously revamping and upgrading its defence arsenal and the latest additions will surely enhance its position as a formidable power.

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