Weight & dimensions
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Codenamed Hip by NATO observers, the Mi-8 is a medium-lift twin-turbine multirole gunship, troop transport, VIP chauffeur, fuel tanker, recon aircraft, and cargo helicopter. It probably embodies all the big helicopters from the Soviet era. The aircraft’s designers insisted on creating the biggest helicopter globally, although they fell short of that mark. The Mi-8’s sheer size allows it to excel in many roles that very few large helicopters can perform.
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The Mi-8 is one of the most produced helicopters in the world. It is among the top three helicopters commonly used in military operations and the largest helicopter produced outside the United States in active service.
The MIL Mi-8 is one of the biggest helicopters in the world.