Russian Mil Mi-8
Used by US Air Force in "Aggressor" Training.
The Mil Mi-8 (Russian: Ми-8, NATO reporting name: Hip) is a Soviet-designed medium twin-turbine transport helicopter that can also act as a gunship. The Mi-8 is one of the world's most-produced helicopters, used by over 50 countries. Russia is the main producer and the largest operator of the Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopter.
|Role||Assault transport helicopter|
|Design group||Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant|
|Built by||Kazan Helicopter Plant
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant
|First flight||7 July 1961|
|Primary users||Soviet Union (historical)
ca. 80 other countries
|Developed into||Mil Mi-14|
- Crew: 3 (pilot, copilot, flight engineer)
- 24 passengers or
- 12 stretchers and seat for 1 medical attendant or
- 3,000 kg (6,600 lb) on internal/external hardpoints
- Length: 18.17 m (59 ft 7 in)
- Rotor diameter: 21.29 m (69 ft 10 in)
- Height: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)
- Disc area: 356 m² (3,832 ft²)
- Empty weight: 7,260 kg (16,007 lb)
- Loaded weight: 11,100 kg (24,470 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Klimov TV3-117Mt turboshafts, 1,454 kW (1,950 shp) each
- Fuel max total capacity: 3,700 l (977 US gal)
- Maximum speed: 260 km/h (140 kt)
- Range: 450 km (280 mi)
- Ferry range: 960 km (596 mi)
- Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,765 ft)
- up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of disposable stores on six hardpoints, including 57 mm S-5 rockets, bombs, or 9M17 Phalanga ATGMs.
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