Manufacturer: Soviet Union
|Type: Helicopters||Weight: 6 t|
|Produced: 1961||Size: Length 18.17 m m, Height 5.65 m|
|Number built: 17000||Engine: , 0 HP|
|Crew: 3||Speed: 260 km/h|
The Mil Mi-8 (Russian: Ми-8, NATO reporting name: Hip) is a medium twin-turbine helicopter, originally designed by theSoviet Union, and now produced by Russia. In addition to its most common role as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 is also used as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform. Along with the related, more powerful Mil Mi-17, the Mi-8 is among the world's most-produced helicopters,used by over 50 countries. As of 2015, it is the third most common operational military aircraft in the world.