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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 311
Also Known As: Halo, Hoodlum, Mi-26M, Mi-26MS, Mi-26T, Mi-26TS and Mi-26TZ
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Mil Helicopter
Parent System: Mi-26
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 337
Family Members: Mi-26T2
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Description: The Mil Mi-26, Halo NATO-codename, is a day/night, all-weather, heavyweight helicopter designed to transport troops, vehicles, and cargo as well as to perform medical evacuation missions. Additional airlift capability is provided using an external sling. The Mi-26 is the world's largest helicopter with an impressive 20,000 kg payload capacity and 14 unmatched world records.

The Mi-26 follows traditional helicopter scheme with an eight-blade main rotor and five-blade tail rotor. It is powered by two D-136 engines providing 10,000-hp each with reduced fuel consumption. The crew cabin has been hardened to withstand small arms impact, redundant sub-systems and special protection for hot-parts as well as other measures ensure enhanced survivability for the valuable Mi-26 helicopter. It can be fitted with engine exhaust heat suppressers and chaff/flare dispensers to improve survivability.

The Mi-26 rear compartment can accommodate one armored vehicle through a loading ramp provided to facilitate loading and unloading operations. Up to 82 fully equipped troops can be transported inside a single Mi-26 helicopter and the medical evacuation configuration (Mi-26MS) allows to accommodate 60 casualties with medical equipment and one operation room.

The Mi-26 Halo cargo helicopter, also known as Mi-26T, was introduced in the Soviet Army in 1983 replacing Mi-6 Hook helicopters. The Mi-26TS is a variant designed for the civilian market. Mi-26TZ is tanker helicopter and Mi-26M is an improved version intended for replacement of remaining Mi-6 helicopters in the Russian Army. According to Mil around 280 Mi-26 helicopters were produced from 1982 through 1999.

Mi-26 Specifications

Crew: 5
Main Rotor Blades: 8
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 82
Height: 8.15 meter (26.7 foot)
Length: 33.8 meter (111 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 32 meter
Width: 6.15 meter
Ceiling: 4,600 meter (15,092 foot)
Max Range: 800 kilometer (432 nautical mile)
Min Range: 590 kilometer (367 mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 20,000 shp (14,920 kW)
Cruise Speed: 71 mps (256 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 82 mps (160 KTAS)
Max Takeoff Weight: 56,000 kilogram (123,457 pound)
Payload: 20,000 kilogram (44,092 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mi-26 News

There are 11 news between
12 Mar 2009 and 6 Sep 2016
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016Russian Air Force to Start Receiving Upgraded Mi-26T2 Helicopters in 2018
Wednesday, September 2, 2015Russia and China to Develop New Heavy-Lift Helicopter Powered by PD-14 Turbofan Engine
Friday, May 8, 2015Russian Helicopters and AVIC Sign Agreement for Advanced Heavy-Lift Helicopter
Wednesday, July 2, 2014Lectern Aviation Supplies Places Order for a Mi-26TS Helicopter
Monday, May 19, 2014Russia and China to Cooperate on New Wide-Body Airliner and New Variant of Mi-26 Heavyweight Helicopter
Wednesday, April 30, 2014Russian Army Starts Combat Helicopter Training Flights on Baltic Border
Thursday, October 24, 2013Mi-26T Helicopter Enters Service in Kazakhstan
Friday, May 4, 2012Russia to Set Up Military Maintenance Centers in Kazakhstan
Tuesday, February 7, 2012Equatorial Guinea's Navy Prepares for War
Monday, November 15, 2010Lectern Aviation Takes Delivery of Mi-26TS Helicopter

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by Lectern Aviation (2) Mi-26TS Mi-26TC?
201441Mi-26 and Mi-26T
Mi-26T (3)

Grand Total 39
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