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Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip transport helicopter

Country of Origin: Russia


The Mi-8 Hip is the primary transport helicopter of the Russian armed forces. It is also flown in gunship and electronic warfare versions, is the most widely exported of all Russian helicopters and has in effect become the Russian C-47 of military helicopters (the legendary U.S.-built transport plane; see separate database entry).

The Hip was originally based on the Mi-4 Hound and first appeared with a single Soloviev turboshaft engine driving the Hound's four-blade rotor. The...

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