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.
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift configuration: Single main rotor
Dedicated control device: Tail rotor
Crew required: 3
Crew seating: Other
Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)
Overall Height: 5.65 m (18.5 ft)
Overall Length: 25.24 m (82.8 ft)
Overall Width: 21.29 m (69.8 ft)
Max Gross Weight (ground): 13000 kg (28660 lb)
Max Range: 480 km (259 nm)
Max Endurance: 3.5 hrs (3.5 hrs)