Development of the Russian-made Mi-8 (NATO Designation: 'Hip') medium multipurpose helicopter began in 1958 with the prototype, V-8.  The airframe is of semimonocoque type with wings.

Maximum internal and external payloads are 4000 kg and 3000 kg, respectively.  The aircraft can carry 26 passengers in addition to the crew. 


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: MVZ Mil

Primary manufacturer: MVZ Mil

Parent type: Mil Mi-8/Mi-14/Mi-17

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 3

Crew seating: Other

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 5.65 m 18.5 ft
Overall Length: 25.24 m 82.8 ft
Overall Width: 21.29 m 69.8 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 18.17 m 59.6 ft
Airframe Width: 2.50 m 8.2 ft
Airframe Height: 4.38 m 14.4 ft
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base: 4.26 m 14.0 ft
Landing Gear Track: 4.80 m 15.7 ft
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height: 1.80 m 5.9 ft
Cabin Internal Length: 5.45 m 17.9 ft
Cabin Internal Width: 2.25 m 7.4 ft

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Cruise Speed: 225 km/h

Max Gross Weight (ground): 13,000 kg 28,660 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 13,000 kg 28,660 lb
Empty Weight: 6,625 kg 14,606 lb
Useful Load: 6,375 kg 14,054 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.510
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 9 m/s 1,772 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Max Level Flight Speed: 250 km/h 135 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 4,500 m 14,764 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 480 km 259 nm
Max Endurance: 4 hrs 4 hrs

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 2
Designation: Motor Sich TV3-117VM turbine
Manufacturer: Motor Sich
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated:  
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 21.29 m 69.85 ft
Direction of Rotation: Clockwise
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: All-metal
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry: Conventional
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 5
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 355.99 m² 3832.0 ft²
Disc Loading: 36.52 kg/m² 7.479 lb/ft²
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 3.91 m 12.83 ft
Configuration: Pusher
Direction of Rotation: Top blade fwd
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 3
Blade Construction:  
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 12.01 m² 129.2 ft²
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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