The Mil Mi-8 (Russian: Ми-8, NATO reporting name: Hip) is a medium twin-turbine helicopter, originally designed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s and introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1968. It is now produced by Russia.[not verified in body] 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.
|Mil Mi-8 of Baltic Airlines taking off at Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg|
|Role||Transport helicopter (also several armed versions)|
|National origin||Soviet Union and Russia|
|Manufacturer||Kazan Helicopter Plant|
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant
|Design group||Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant|
|First flight||7 July 1961|
|Primary users||Soviet Union (historical)|
ca. 80 other countries, see Operators below
|Number built||>17,000 and production continues today; world's most-produced helicopter|
|Developed into||Mil Mi-14|
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, when combined the two helicopters are the third most common operational military aircraft in the world.