|Quoting RIA Novosti:|
12/07/2006 15:02 ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 12 - Russia's Defense Ministry is planning to purchase 67 Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters in the next few years, the defense minister said Wednesday.
"The Mi-28N's specifications and combat characteristics are equal to those of three Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters, which are currently the mainstay of Russia's helicopter fleet," Sergei Ivanov said.
He said the Defense Ministry would buy seven Night Hunters by the end of the year.
He also said the multi-role all-weather combat Ka-52 Alligator helicopter, a twin-seat derivative of the attack Ka-50, would only be used in special missions by the Armed Forces' Main Intelligence Directorate, including in anti-terrorist operations.
I thought that the they had plenty of Hinds in storage, and were happy with that. The question that I have is where do they get money for a project like this, when the rest of their airforce falls apart? The TU160s are not flying and TU22Ms are getting old. Wouldn't you think that I would make more sense to at least to fix up some of the heavy bomber force? KA50s are great, don't get me wrong, but I would rather see a force that the Russians could do something with. Are these gonna help solve the problems in either the Middle East or with North Korea? Not really.