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Mi-28N
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Mi-28N
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Description

The Mi-28N is a rank VII Soviet attack helicopter with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.93 "Shark Attack".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m300 km/h
Max altitude5 400 m
Engine2 х Klimov VK-2500-II
Take-off weight12 t
Mi-28N in flight
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 273 256 5400
Upgraded 324 300

Survivability and armour

MAW
Alerts when an incoming missile is detected, and automatically deploys flares/chaff
Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 km/h
Armour on the Mi-28N
Armour plates
  • 42 mm Bulletproof glass (52°) - Frontal windshield
  • 22 mm Bulletproof glass - Side windows
  • 10 mm Aluminium alloy - Cockpit front, middle, rear and bottom
  • 10 mm Aluminium alloy - Cockpit sides and doors
  • 16 mm Ceramic - Cockpit sides
  • 8 mm Steel - Canopy framing

The gunner and the pilot are protected frontally and laterally by bulletproof glass. The front, rear, lower side and bottom of the cockpit are protected by aluminium alloy plates and there is an additional protection plate between the pilot and the gunner. The lower sides of the cockpit are protected by aluminum alloy superposed to ceramic while the canopy cockpit is protected by steel and bulletproof glass.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 950 → 12 250 Sl icon.png
RB4 110 → 6 333 Sl icon.png
SB5 940 → 9 153 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications297 000 Rp icon.png
866 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 020 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
160 / 230 / 400 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods cd 98 main rotor.png
Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
64 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
93 000 Sl icon.png
770 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
2A42_belt_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods rocket.png
B-13L
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
MAW
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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2A42_new_gun
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
64 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
APU-8/4-U 4 Ataka
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
64 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Gun pod UPK-23-250
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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APU-8/4-U 8 Ataka
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
44 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ns23_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
93 000 Sl icon.png
770 Ge icon.png
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9M39
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
93 000 Sl icon.png
770 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Weapon 130 mm 2A42 cannon
Ammunition250 rounds
Fire rate547 shots/min
Main article: 2A42 (30 mm)

The Mi-28N is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 30 mm 2A42 cannon, chin turret (250 rpg)
    • 1 x 30 mm 2A42 cannon, chin turret (250 rpg) + 128 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

List of setups (21)
Setup 180 x S-8KO rockets
Setup 24 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
40 x S-8KO rockets
Setup 320 x S-13OF rockets
Setup 48 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
Setup 58 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
40 x S-8KO rockets
Setup 68 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
10 x S-13OF rockets
Setup 716 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
Setup 816 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
40 x S-8KO rockets
Setup 916 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
10 x S-13OF rockets
Setup 108 x 9M39 Igla air-to-air missiles
Setup 118 x 9M39 Igla air-to-air missiles
40 x S-8KO rockets
Setup 128 x 9M39 Igla air-to-air missiles
10 x S-13OF rockets
Setup 132 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon (ammunition: 500 rounds)
Setup 142 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon (ammunition: 500 rounds)
40 x S-8KO rockets
Setup 1510 x S-13OF rockets
2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon (ammunition: 500 rounds)
Setup 168 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon (ammunition: 500 rounds)
Setup 1716 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon (ammunition: 500 rounds)
Setup 188 x 9M39 Igla air-to-air missiles
2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon (ammunition: 500 rounds)
Setup 198 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
40 x S-8KO rockets
4 x 9M39 Igla air-to-air missiles
Setup 208 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannon (ammunition: 500 rounds)
4 x 9M39 Igla air-to-air missiles
Setup 218 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
4 x 9M39 Igla air-to-air missiles
10 x S-13OF rockets
Mi-28N armed with Ataka ATGMs and S-8KO unguided rockets

The Mi-28N can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 80 x S-8KO rockets
  • 40 x S-8KO rockets + 4 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
  • 20 x S-13OF rockets
  • 8 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
  • 8 x 9M120 Ataka missiles + 40 x S-8KO rockets
  • 8 x 9M120 Ataka missiles + 10 x S-13OF rockets
  • 16 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
  • 16 x 9M120 Ataka missiles + 40 x S-8KO rockets
  • 16 x 9M120 Ataka missiles + 10 x S-13OF rockets
  • 8 x 9M39 Igla missiles
  • 8 x 9M39 Igla missiles + 40 x S-8KO rockets
  • 8 x 9M39 Igla missiles + 10 x S-13OF rockets
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons + 40 x S-8KO rockets
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons + 10 x S-13OF rockets
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons + 8 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons + 16 x 9M120 Ataka missiles
  • 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons + 8 x 9M39 Igla missiles
  • 4 x 9M39 Igla missiles + 8 x 9M120 Ataka missiles + 40 x S-8KO rockets
  • 4 x 9M39 Igla missiles + 8 x 9M120 Ataka missiles + 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons
  • 4 x 9M39 Igla missiles + 8 x 9M120 Ataka missiles + 10 x S-13OF rockets

Usage in battles

Ground RB

The Mi-28N is a fast, heavily armed and armoured, but not very manoeuvrable helicopter. For many, the Havoc is the perfect helicopter for utter destruction, given it can mount a total of sixteen Ataka ATGMs as well as liquid explosives as just some icing on the cake. Combined with the 2A42 autocannon equipped with APDS rounds penetrating 82 mm of armour, high-resolution thermals and decent survivability, the Havoc is great for all missions. It's a great first-spawner; 8 Igla AAMs are very useful, especially at the start of matches. They've got great flare resistance, and while they may not pull as much as a Mistral, they can still be great for shooting down dangerous enemies like A-10s and other jets that have just spawned in the air.

With ATGMs

Mi-28N firing an Ataka ATGM

At a comfortable range, 16 Atakas is more than enough ATGMs to deal with any and all threats that your team faces. It's suggested to go for priority targets first, the targets that your team is struggling to eliminate, like an enemy tank in a hull-down position, or for you, any SPAAs that may be in the area. This will be very useful for your team. If you run out of Atakas, it is advised to return to base and rearm for a second run.

It's advised to watch for SPAAs first before you get down to business. At this battle rating, SAMs are incredibly deadly. Once one fires on you, you've run out of options if you're unable to terrain mask. Their missiles can reach you in seconds from kilometres away, so always be sure you are clear of enemy air defence before engaging the rest of the enemy team. If at low altitude, you could play whack-a-mole with the enemy SPAA, in hopes to drain their ammunition reserves, though letting your team get to them first is a better strategy.

Atakas can double as an AA platform as well. Unlike the Hellfires seen on many Western helicopters, the Atakas don't go straight up, as they are beam-riding ATGMs. This means you can lock an enemy aircraft, of course under the Ataka's maximum range of 6 km, fire, and watch it go to the target. If the target is manoeuvering, be sure to hit your sight stabilization (lock) key again so that you can give some control to the missile while it's locked on to the enemy. Not doing this could lead to the Ataka missing. As the Atakas don't feature a proximity fuse like the Vikhr missiles, a direct hit is required.

With rockets + AAM

The Havoc's first spawn loadout is an effective combination of rockets and air-to-air missiles. The gun alone is enough to destroy many targets. The rockets are great for disabling enemy tanks at range, and destroying them when up close. The Iglas, while not the best AAMs, are able to be mounted in racks of four - two on each side - making a grand total of eight air-to-air missiles. This gives you a lot of opportunity to engage enemy air units, especially helicopters; whether they spawn in first or they come into the game later with ATGMs: if you happen to survive to the mid-game, you can be an essential air defence platform for your team.

Mi-28N firing the 2A42 autocannon

It's recommended to climb directly above the battlefield if there are no enemy SPAAs. If there are, stick to the lower ground and let them be destroyed later on in the match; it's not worth it to poke out and attempt to duel it, especially if it knows your exact location. Rushing in and hoping to see a group of enemies is not the best strategy; your chopper will be easily shot down this way. Knowledge is power. Above the battlefield, and with the thermal imaging, you can essentially scout every enemy for your team by shooting a couple of rounds.

Once clear, a good strategy is to begin hammering tanks with the 30 mm autocannon. These can stop them right in the tracks and critically damage components, which could allow your team to secure a capture point, destroy a few tanks you've damaged, and just turn the tide in favour of your team in general. It's a great way to rack up kill assists, which not only help you, but your team as well. However, there is one thing to consider, and that's ammunition. You have 250 rounds; and a better strategy than holding down the trigger is just to tap fire. You'll be more accurate this way; in some cases you'll find yourself sniping out enemy transmissions and engines from large distances by tapping. This not only conserves ammunition, but provides maximum efficiency by negating as many missed shots as possible.

You can also plot the perfect route for you to engage targets. Since you can see a large portion of the enemy team, a good tactic is to pick out an area with the least amount of enemy tanks. The route maximizes survivability, and once those targets are destroyed, and if there is a capture point nearby, it could be yours for the taking. This works best on long range maps or matches without a lot of players.

It's advised to be quite careful at low altitudes with the Havoc. It's not the most manoeuvrable thing in the world; it takes one wrong manoeuvre and the chopper is destroyed. The Mi-28N is particularly lacking in the pitch speed. This makes it great for long turns around corners, but quick manoeuvres can be quite a challenge. Landing quickly can prove to be difficult as well; it's advised to use the hover key to avoid a vortex ring if you do plan on making quick landings.

Oftentimes you'll note that enemies you've killed will spawn an SPAA to remove you in an instant, so it is greatly recommended to get some distance between you and the enemies after you destroy a few. The Havoc can get out fast thanks to its high top speed and acceleration, but be careful not to overspeed and compress into the ground from a dive.

Arcade Ground Assault

The best loadout to take in Arcade Ground Assault is the 16 Atakas and the S-13OFs, or the 16 Atakas and 40 S-8KOs, if you're a sharpshooter. 16 Atakas is a more fitting number for this mode, and you can destroy the enemy planes that come in at the start, and the pesky SPAA that spawn later a few rounds in. The turret works wonders in this mode too! Use it to destroy transmissions and engines to stop the enemy tanks from approaching the base too quickly.

Mi-28N armed to the teeth

The S-13OFs can basically guarantee kills as they're so powerful. However, you have 10 shots, then you must return to rearm. Paired with 16 Atakas along with the cannon and you have a deadly loadout.

The S-8KOs can serve the same purpose as the gun; immobilize enemy tanks that are closing in on the base. However, you have 40 of these to shoot out. This means you have a lot of room to miss a couple of rockets.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Amazing speed
  • Very effective anti-tank capabilities
  • Can carry 8 Iglas for air-to-air capabilities
  • Wide array of countermeasures: 128 flares, MAW, and a 360 degree RWR
  • Very effective and punchy cannon
  • High-resolution thermal imaging

Cons:

  • Heavy helicopter; this impacts its manoeuvrability
  • Only 250 rounds for the main gun, fire sparingly
  • Igla AAMs can pull only 10Gs, engaging jet fighters can sometimes be a challenge
  • Large target

History

Following the introduction into service of the Mil Mi-24 Hind, design work began on an optimised attack helicopter with reduced secondary transport capacities, intended for a primary anti-armour and anti-helicopter role as well as providing aerial cover for helicopter landings. Following a number of proposed concepts, a preliminary design was chosen in 1977. Following the construction of a mock-up, a prototype was constructed and first flew on November 10th 1982, with a second prototype completed in 1983. Trials of the Mi-28 began in 1984, but the type lost out to the Kamov Ka-50. Despite this, lower priority development of the Mi-28 continued and production of the Mi-28 was approved in December of 1987. In January of 1988, the first prototype Mi-28A flew, fitted with more powerful engines and a different tail rotor; this prototype was first shown to the Western world at the 1989 Paris Air Show. In 1991, a second prototype of the Mi-28A flew, but with the end of the Cold War, the end of the Soviet Union, and ensuing cuts in the defence budget, the Mi-28A was re-evaluated and found superior to the Ka-50, especially due to it lacking all-weather capabilities. As such, the Ka-50A was cancelled in 1993.

The Mi-28N was first presented in 1995, and first flew on November 14th, 1996. Unlike the preceding Mi-28A, the Mi-28N was fitted with a whole array of vision aids, such as a radar, a gun camera, and a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sight, giving it all-weather capability. Once again, the post-Cold War realities in the Russian Federation meant that funds were not available and the program was given a low priority.

This changed in 2000, when attention was given to re-equipping the Russian Army. The Mi-28N was given a new priority, as a future replacement of the Mi-24. In 2004, a second prototype with an altered main rotor design was flown and, after trials, the first production Mi-28N was accepted by the Russian military on June 5th 2006, with the type being declared operational in October 2009. An export model, the Mi-28NE, has since been sold to both Iraq and Algeria. An updated model, the Mi-28NM, was first flown in 2016, with the first production examples delivered to the Russian military in June 2019.

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Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
Attack  Mi-4AV
  Mi-24A · Mi-24P · Mi-24V
  Mi-28N · Mi-28NM
  Mi-35M
Export  ▂Mi-24D · ▀Mi-24P · ▀Mi-24P HFS 80 · Mi-28A

USSR helicopters
Attack 
Hound  Mi-4AV
Hind  Mi-24A · ▂Mi-24D · Mi-24P · Mi-24V · Mi-35M
Havoc  Mi-28N · Mi-28NM
Helix  Ka-29
Hokum  Ka-50 · Ka-52