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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1967
Maiden Flight: 7 July 1961
Total Production: 12,000
Unitary Cost: USD$12 million
Also Known As: Hip, Hip-E, Mi-17, Mi-171, Mi-172, Mi-8AMT, Mi-8M, Mi-8MT, Mi-8MTB, Mi-8MTV, Mi-8PPA, Mi-8PS, Mi-8SMV, Mi-8T, Mi-8TB, Mi-8TBK, Mi-8VPK, Mi-8VTK and Mi-9
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Kazan Helicopters, Mil Helicopter and Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (Mi-171 variants)
Parent System: Mi-8
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1967
Maiden Flight: 7 July 1961
Total Production: 12,644
Family Members: Mi-14, Mi-171A1, Mi-171A2, Mi-171A3, Mi-171M, Mi-171Sh, Mi-171Sh-VN, Mi-17V-5, Mi-8AMTSh-V, Mi-8AMTSh-VA and Mi-8MTPR1
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Description: The MIL Mi-8, dubbed Hip by NATO, is a twin-engine, multi-role, medium transport helicopter capable of transporting troops and equipment or conducting ground attack missions. Besides, the aircraft is also suitable for civilian operators related to a variety of transportation roles. The Mi-8 was developed in the late 1950s and 1960s by the Soviet Union, first flew on July 7, 1961, entering service in 1967. The five-bladed main rotor is driven by either two TV2-117 or TV3-117 turboshaft engines rated from 1,700-shp to 2,200-shp allowing a top speed of 230-250 kilometers per hour. In addition to its crew of two/three men, the standard Mi-8 can transport as many as 24/28 troops. The Mi-17 was the export designation for the Soviet Mi-8. The Mi-171 refers to the modern production standard introduced in 1991. The aircraft design and technologies evolved over 60 years with the current production standards (various models) being far more sophisticated and performant than early models. More than 12,000 Mi-8/17/171 helicopters of all models were produced or are in production for the Soviet Union, Russia and international customers. As of November 2013, roughly 2,400 Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters remain in service worldwide. In January 2015 that figure had increased to 2,469 aircraft with several models remaining in production beyond 2020.

The Mi-8 can perform tactical transport missions carrying internal or external payloads of up to 4,000 kg for both civil and military operators. In the ground attack role it can be armed with rocket launchers, missiles and guns. Mi-14 and Mi-8M/Mi-17 are two highlighted variants powered by uprated TV3 turboshafts. Mi-17 which is an export designation is a follow-on variant of Mi-8 tactical transport helicopter featuring improved performance. The Mi-8T, Mi-8M, Mi-8MT, Mi-8MTV and Mi-8AMT are dedicated transport versions; Mi-171 and Mi-172 are designations for export variants of Mi-8AMT; Mi-8TB and Mi-8TVK are assault variants; Mi-8PS and Mi-9 are airborne command posts; Mi-8SMV is a dedicated Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) jammer; Mi-8PPA is a communications jammer; Mi-8VPK is an airborne communications platform. Currently, the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters is the backbone of the tactical transport rotary-wing aircraft fleet of the Russian Armed Forces. The Mil Mi-171M and Kamov Ka-60 helicopters are being developed as the replacement for legacy Mi-8 aircraft. Deliveries to the Russian Air Force and Army of the Mi-8 replacement are scheduled to start in the 2015-2020 timeframe.

Mi-8 Specifications

Crew: 3
Main Rotor Blades: 5
Number of Engines: 2
Tail Rotor Blades: 3
Troops: 28
Main Rotor Disc Area: 356 square meter
Height: 5.60 meter (18.4 foot)
Length: 18.2 meter (60 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 21.3 meter
Width: 2.50 meter
Ceiling: 4,500 meter (14,764 foot)
Max Range: 1,200 kilometer (648 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,400 shp (2,536 kW)
Cruise Speed: 225 kph (140 mph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 250 kph (135 KTAS)
Empty Weight: 7,600 kilogram (16,755 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 12,000 kilogram (26,455 pound)
Payload: 4,000 kilogram (8,818 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Mi-8 News

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019Su-57 Pre-Production Aircraft Crashes during Engine Test
Wednesday, August 23, 2017Russian Ministry of Defense Orders First Two Mi-38T Helicopters
Wednesday, April 30, 2014Russian Army Starts Combat Helicopter Training Flights on Baltic Border
Friday, December 20, 2013Peru Orders 24 Mi-171 Military Transport Helicopters
Wednesday, October 16, 2013Angola Orders 18 Su-30K Fighters, Mi-17 Helicopters and Tanks from Russia
Russian Helicopters Delivers Mi-171E to Kazakhstan
Friday, August 30, 2013Russian Helicopters Obtains Certification for Corporate and VIP Version of Mi-171
Almaty Rescue Service Orders a Mi-8AMT Helicopter
Wednesday, August 28, 2013Cameroon Buys an Undisclosed Number of Mi-17 Military Helicopters
Wednesday, August 21, 2013Russian Helicopters Delivers 750th Mi-8AMT/Mi-171 Production Helicopter

Operators & Related Equipment

2014260Mi-8 (20) and Mi-17 (240)
Aircraft ordered by Vertical de Aviacion (30 Mi-17)
Dec 201541Mi-8T
Nov 201393Mi-8/17
India holdings include 200 older Mi-8s and Mi-17IVs ordered from the Soviet Union.
Mar 2012200
Aircraft ordered by Nepal Armed Forces (3 Mi-8s)
Peruvian Army three older Mi-8
200742Mi-2URN, Mi-8/Mi-17, Mi-14 PL
2020400Russian Air Force 400 Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-8MTV5-1 modernized helicopters
2015518Russian Air Force Mi-8MT, Mi-8T, Mi-8MTV-5, Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-17 (363) and Russian Navy Mi-8MT (7)
2014370Russian Air Force Mi-8MT, Mi-8T, Mi-8MTV-5, Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-17 (363) and Russian Navy Mi-8MT (7)

Grand Total 29039
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