Mil Mi-8

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
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
Introduction 1967
Status In service
Primary users Soviet Union (historical)
ca. 80 other countries, see Operators below
Produced 1961–present
Number built >17,000 and production continues today; world's most-produced helicopter
Variants Mil Mi-8T/Mi-17
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,[1] used by over 50 countries. As of 2015, when combined the two helicopters are the third most common operational military aircraft in the world.[2]

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