New Sovietskiy Modified Mil Mi-28 Havoc Attack Helicopter:


Along with the Hind and Hokum helicopters, the Havoc formed an important element of the Russian attack helicopter forces. Like the Hokum class helicopter produced by Kamov, the Havoc was only produced in limited numbers during the time which Russia was under Capitalist leadership. It was not until Russian reverted to Communist style government that the helicopter entered full production.


When the Communist leadership decided to increase their military forces to the level they were before the end of the Cold War, the Havoc design was already dated but producing an all new design would require a more severe delay than was considered acceptable. Designs like the Comanche helicopter included stealth materials and were considered far in advance to the Havoc. It was decided that the basic design of the Havoc would be used with only minor modifications including the use of high strength alloys and composites. The Havoc attack helicopter formed the bulk of the new Soviet military forces with a smaller number of Hinds and Hokum attack helicopters produced to supplement it.


The Havoc remained in service as the primary Soviet attack helicopter for only a relatively short period of time with the introduction of fusion turbines. A prototype Havoc helicopter was developed with a fusion turbine but Kamov developed a new helicopter using the Hokum as a basis but mounting a push style rear rotor which allowed for greater speed compared to more conventional helicopters. As a result of its better performance, the new design from Kamov was selected as the primary design for Soviet service. This new design became known as the Ka-62 Hellion. Still, the Mil design was selected as a backup design and large numbers of nuclear powered Havoc were built. As more of the nuclear powered version entered, the older conventionally powered version were taken from front line service. Some were retained in second line service while others were sold to other nations.


The nuclear powered Mi-28 helicopter remained in front line service until replaced by the Mi-221 Firefly Attack VTOL entered service. In most cases, the nuclear powered Havoc attack helicopters were retired and sold to allied nations or simply scrapped. A few were put into mothball status and carefully stored. Some of these survived the coming of the Rifts and have been recovered and restored. While in only limited service with the Warlords, the New Sovietski operates a relatively large number of these helicopters along with other designs. As well, both conventionally powered and fusion powered versions of the Havoc can be found around the world including Asia and South America. Repair parts for the Havoc are manufactured by several companies around the world including by Triax, by several factories in Poland, and in Argentina.


First versions of the Havoc were armed with a 30-mm Shipunov 2A42 Cannon in a chin mount. The chin mount has the ability to move 110 degrees from side to side and can angle down up to 40 degrees and up 13 degrees. The cannon is identical to the cannon carried on the Hi-50 Hokum but the Havoc carries only half the amount of ammunition. Many Havoc attack helicopters were upgraded with twin 20 mm rail guns replacing the conventional chin mount. Payload is increased to 500 rounds with the rail gun. Initial versions of the Havoc had two hard points on each stub wing but the stub wings are strengthened on nuclear powered versions of the Havoc and have three hard points on each stub wing. A variety of missiles, missile packs, and gun packs can be mounted on the hard points. As well as weaponry, the Havoc carries a variety of equipment for self defense against missiles.


Model Type:Mil Mi-28-PConventionally Powered Version
Mil Mi-28-RNuclear Powered Version
Vehicle Type: Attack Helicopter
Crew: Two


M.D.C. by Location:

[1] 20 mm Railguns (2 - Chin):25 each
[1] Shipunov 2A42 cannon (Chin)25
Stub wings for additional ordnance (2):50 each
[2] Main Rotors (1, one above the other):80 each (20 each Blade)
[2] Tail:50
Landing Gear (3):15 each
Reinforced Cockpit:80
[4] Main Body:180


Notes:
[1] Most (80%) Mi-28 serving in Soviet Frontal Aviation and over half (70%) of the export variants carry 20 mm rail guns. Shipunov 2A42 cannon is carried on many (30%) of export versions of the Mi-28.
[2] Destroying the rear rotor or one of the main blades will cause the helicopter to fly at half speed, wobble and is -6 to parry, -3 to strike, and -40% on piloting skill/maneuvers. Smart pilots will land as soon as possible. Destroying the main top rotor will knock the helicopter out of the sky! Roll under the piloting skill -30% for a successful crash landing (due to the reinforced nature of the Striker, crew takes only half damage from an impact.
[3] Destroying the main body knocks the helicopter out of the sky and renders it completely useless.


Speed:
Driving on Ground (Taxiing): Only possible for take offs and landings as well as for parking and storage. Speed is 40 mph (64 kph) when traveling and not on take off or landing.
Flying: Conventional: Hover to 199 mph (173 knots / 320 kph) with 168 mph (146 knots / 270 kph) cruise speed and has a ceiling of 19,030 feet (5,800 meters). The helicopter has great maneuverability and VTOL capabilities.
Nuclear: Hover to 221 mph (191.9 knots / 355.6 kph) with 184 mph (159.8 knots / 296.1 kph) cruise speed and has a ceiling of 23,622 feet (7,200 meters). The helicopter has great maneuverability and VTOL capabilities.
Maximum Effective Range: Conventional: The Havoc has a non combat range (without any ordinance) of 621 miles (534 nautical miles / 990 km) with auxiliary fuel. If the helicopter is loaded with ordnance, range is reduced to about 216 miles (248 nautical miles / 400 km).
Nuclear: Effectively Unlimited but does overheat when operated for long periods of time. The Mi-28 engines will overheat after 4 hours of continuous operation when running at top speed and 8 hours when run at under 150 knots (172.7 mph / 278 kph)


Statistical Data:
Rotor Diameter: 56 feet 5 inches (17.2 meters)
Wingspan: 19 feet 4 inch (5.89 meters)
Length, Rotors Turning: 59 feet 4 inches (21.1 meters)
Fuselage Length: 55 feet 10 inches (13.53 meters)
Fuselage Width: 10 feet 3 inches (3.12 meters)
Height: 15 feet 5 inches (4.7 meters)
Weight: 17,846 lbs (8,095 kg) empty and 26,676 lbs (12,100 kg) fully loaded.
Power Source: Conventional: 2 Klimov TV3-117 turboshafts each rated at 2,500 hp, Nuclear: Nuclear Fusion, Should have an average life-span of 8 years.
Cargo: Minimal (Storage for small equipment), does not include hard points
Black Market Cost: Mil Mi-24-P ( Conventional): 5 to 7 million credits, Mil Mi-24-R (Nuclear Version): 10 to 16 million credits. All prices can be as much as double normal prices under some conditions.


Weapon Systems:

  1. Gun Mount: The cannon is mounted under the chin of the helicopter. The cannon mount can move vertically up to 13 degrees up and 40 degrees down. The cannon can also move up to 110 degrees from side to side.
    1. Standard 20 mm Railguns (2): Mounted on later versions of the helicopters. These are the standard Soviet Air to Air weapons mounted on virtually all fighters and Attack Helicopters and with a secondary use for ground strafing and tank-busting. They are 20 mm, but very high velocity even for rail guns, using solid slugs, and have extreme range, though it is not quite comparable to that of the 30 mm cannon they replaced. They sacrifice some of their hitting power (Compared with 1D6x10+10 for a 20 round burst from a 10 mm Soviet railgun), however, for the range, which is still quite good by railgun standards.
      Maximum Effective Range: 6,560 feet (2,000 meters / 2 kilometers).
      Mega Damage: 1D4x10 for a half-burst of 10 rounds, 2D4x10 for a full burst of 20 rounds or for both cannons firing linked 10 round bursts, and 4D4x10 for a full burst from both cannons firing linked.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the pilot (usually 5 or 6).
      Payload: 500 rounds (50 half-bursts/25 full bursts) per gun, 1,000 rounds total.
    2. Shipunov 2A42 30 mm cannon: Mounted on early models of the helicopters. They have replaced the standard ammo with M.D., depleted uranium ramjet ammunition which allows the helicopter to hold it's own and inflict damage on modern, M.D.C. targets. The gun is unique in that is has a very long range, but it also uses ramjet shells with a powerful charge, degrading the life expectancy of the barrel of the autocannon and limiting the gun's payload. Standard ramjet shells can be used, but reduce the range of the weapon by half and keep the number of shells the same.
      Maximum Effective Range: 6,560 feet (2,000 meters / 2 kilometers). But can be fired at up to 13,200 feet (4,000 meters) with a -4 penalty
      Mega Damage: 2D6x10 for a 20 round burst, 3D6 for each round.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the pilot (usually 5 or 6).
      Payload: 250 rounds (12 bursts).
      Notes: Normally the barrel of the autocannon has to be replaced after firing 1,200 rounds (Usually it's replaced after going through two full ammo loads, or 1,040 rounds/52 bursts.). Normal 30mm Ramjet ammunition can be used in place of the standard Soviet type; This halves the range of the weapon (Only for as long as that ammo is used), however, without any increases in ammo payload.
  2. Ordnance Hard Points (4 or 6): Conventional versions of the Mi-28 Havoc has a total of four hard points and nuclear versions of the Havoc have six hard points on what look like wings on the side of the helicopter. The helicopter can carry either one long range missile, two medium range missiles, or four short range missiles on each hard-point, or a Mini-Missile box launcher containing 20 Mini-Missiles. The hard-points can also carry bombs of comparable type to the missiles mentioned. The only restriction is that each hard-point must carry all weapons of the same type. Finally, the hard-points can also be fitted with either Railgun pods or standard 23mm Autocannon pods in place of missiles or rockets; Each hard-point can carry one such pod in place of it's missiles and rockets, and the others can still carry missiles or rockets, or additional hard points can be used for more Railgun/Gun pods.
    1. Bombs and Missiles: The only restriction is that a hard point must carry all the same type of missiles or bombs. Both unguided and guided bombs can be carried. In two pilot versions, short range missile racks are controlled by either the pilot or the weapons officer.
      Maximum Effective Range: Varies by missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
      Mega Damage: Varies by missile type (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
      Rate of Fire: Missiles can be fired one at a time per hard point. Multiple hard points can be linked as one attack but must be the same range missiles.
      Payload: 1 long range missile, 2 medium range missiles, 4 short range missiles per each hard point
    2. Mini-Missile Pod: Large capacity mini-missile pod. The mini missile pods are normally carried for ground strafing, anti-troop, and anti-emplacement attacks. Normal missile used are armor piercing, plasma, or fragmentation mini-missiles. In two pilot versions, mini missile pods are controlled by the pilot.
      Maximum Effective Range: Varies with missile types, mini-missiles only (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
      Mega-Damage: Varies with mini-missile types (See revised bomb and missile tables for details.)
      Rate of Fire: Each pod can fire one at a time or in volleys of 2, 4, 8, or 10 and can be linked with other mini missile pods for greater number of missiles (Counts as one attack no matter how many missiles in volley)
      Payload: each pod carries 20 mini-missile
    3. Standard 20 mm Railgun in hard point pod: Used only on Soviet Frontal Aviation models of the Ka-62. These are the standard Soviet Air to Air weapons mounted on virtually all fighters and Attack Helicopters and with a secondary use for ground strafing and tank-busting. The cannon is mounted in a bomb-shaped completely independent unit that can be attached to the hard point of the Ka-62 and many other Soviet aircraft and helicopters. The cannon mount is fixed to the hard points when used, in place of missiles or rockets. They are 20 mm, but very high velocity even for rail guns, using solid slugs, and have extreme range. They sacrifice some of their hitting power (Compared with 1D6x10+10 for a 20 round burst from a 10 mm Soviet railgun), however, for the range, which is still quite good by railgun standards.
      Maximum Effective Range: 6,560 feet (2,000 meters / 2 kilometers).
      Mega Damage: 1D4x10 for a half-burst of 10 rounds, 2D4x10 for a full burst of 20 rounds. Rail guns can be tied together (and with the main rail gun) to be fired as a single burst which counts as one attack.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the pilot (usually 5 or 6).
      Payload: 500 rounds (50 half-bursts/25 full bursts) per gun pod.
    4. UPK-23-250 23 mm Autocannon in hard point pod: Sold along with export variants; Even those that have railguns as their fixed cannon. This weapon, in the rather unusual 23mm caliber, unique to the SSSR and client states, was sold along with export models, though the Railgun was not. This is essentially the UPK-23-250 pod with the GSh-231- 23-mm cannon, simply firing Ramjet ammunition. The pods are fixed to the hard points of the Ka-62 when used, in place of missiles or rockets, but are excellent for strafing.
      Maximum Effective Range: 5,000 feet (1,524 meters)
      Mega-Damage: 2D4+2 per round, 1D6x10 for a half-burst of 25 rounds, and 2D6x10 for a full burst of 50 rounds. Cannons can be tied together (and with the main rail gun) to be fired as a single burst which counts as one attack.
      Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the pilot (usually 5 or 6).
      Payload: 250 rounds (10 half-bursts or 5 full bursts) per each pod;
  3. Anti-Missile Chaff/Flare Dispenser (1): Use the same effects as the TRIAX model. However, each time the system is engaged, the system fires off one chaff and 1D4 flares. Rifts Earth decoys systems are assumed to not operate against Phase World missiles due to technological difference. Reduce effects by 20% against smart missiles (Add +20% to rolls for smart missiles.)
    Effect:
      01-50 Enemy missile or missile volley detonates in chaff cloud - Missiles are all destroyed.
      51-75 Enemy missile or missile volley loses track of real target and veers away in wrong direction (May lock onto another target.)
      76-00 No effect, enemy missile or missile volley is still on target.
    Also note that the chaff cloud will also blind flying monsters that fly through cloud. They will suffer the following penalties: reduce melee attacks/actions, combat bonuses, and speed by half.
    Duration: 1D4 melee rounds.
    Payload: 20 chaff, 40 flares. Each time the system is engaged, the system fires off one chaff and 1D4 flares.


Special Equipment:
The equipment of the Mi-28 has been upgraded but many of the original systems of the Mi-28 are still on the helicopter. Consider the helicopter to carry all standard equipment that robot vehicles carry (not including loudspeaker and microphone) plus the following extra systems:

Combat Bonuses:



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