Algeria took the delivery of two more Mil Mi-28NE ‘Night Hunter’ (NATO reporting name: Havoc-B) combat helicopters in late June, according to the local media outlets.
“Algeria received two dual-control Mi-28NE combat helicopters from Russia in late June, 2016. The delivery was fulfilled within time limits specified by Moscow and Algiers. The related acceptance act will be signed in the shortest time possible. Since early June, Algeria has received six Mi-28NE helicopters. Four such rotor-wing aircraft have been delivered to Iraq within prescribed period”, the MenaDefense media outlet said.
Russia has been supplying Mi-28NE combat helicopters to Algeria under the contract for 42 ‘Night Hunter’ rotor-wing aircraft. According to the open sources, the agreement was signed in December 2013.
Mi-28N/NE (E stands for export-oriented, Eksportny) combat helicopter is developed by Mil design bureau. The aircraft has a normal take-off weight (NTOW) of 10,900 kg, a maximum speed of 300 km/h, a cruise speed of 265 km/h, a hover ceiling of 3,600 m, and a dynamic ceiling of 5,600 m. The helicopter is powered by two Klimov VK-2500-02 (2200 h.p. each).
MI-28NE is armed with 30 mm 2A42 automatic cannon, 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 Spiral-2) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), Igla-V air-to-air (AA) missiles and S-8/S-13 unguided rockets.