MIL MI-8/ MIL MI-17
Length: 18.17 m (59.61 ft.)
Width: 21.29 m (69.85 ft.)
Height: 5.56 m (18.24 ft.)
Weight: 7,260 kg (16,006 lbs.)
Powerplant: 2 x Klimov TV3-117mt turboshaft engines
Maximum Speed: 260 km/h (162 mph)
Maximum Range: 450 km (280 mi)
Service Ceiling: 4,500 m (14,764 ft.)
The Mil Mi-8 is a medium-sized, twin-turbine helicopter designed originally in the Soviet Union and currently produced by Russia. In addition to its normal role as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 is also used as an airborne-armed gunship, reconnaissance platform, and command post. In addition to its nearly identical sister helicopter, the Mil Mi-17, the Mi-8 is one of the world’s most produced helicopters and is used by over 50 different countries. As of 2015, it was ranked as the third-most common operational military aircraft in the world. Even after 42 years, production of the Mi-8 still continues at the Kazan Helicopter Production Association.
Utilizing some of the successful internal workings of the Mi-4, the Mi-8 features a single Soloviev turbo-shaft engine of 2,700-shaft horsepower that was added to a new and enlarged fuselage. Its tail rotor easily makes the aircraft easily recognizable, as it is on the starboard side instead of the port side. The Mi-8 features a number of improvements compared to its predecessor, including a vibration damper to increase comfort for passengers and crewmembers. This helicopter is capable of carrying cargo in the cabin with half-opened/removed doors, external loads, or up to 24 passengers.
External stores are mounted on weapon racks on each side of the fuselage. The Mi-8 is provided with missiles, bombs, cannons, and small arms. It carries four B8V20 missile launchers with missiles launched with the PUS-31-71 electrical fire control system. When carrying bombs, a BDZ-57KRVM bomb attachment can carry up to 500 kilograms of cargo. This helicopter also carries four UPK-23-250 gun containers with GSh-23L 23mm guns and pivoted mounts. It may be fitted with long-range communication equipment and a radar, and may even carry phased-array antennas for the suppression of enemy electronic attack and air defense, such as airborne radars, air defense artillery weapon control radars, target detection radars, and missile radar homing heads.
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