The MI 8 MTV-1 helicopter is manufactured in Russia and has a high global production rate. It is currently operated in more than fifty countries. The helicopter is categorized as heavy and has a five-bladed main rotor and two engines, TVE-3-117VM.
It is capable of transporting up to 24 passengers in its basic configuration, can transport up to 3,000 kilos in internal cargo and has a hook for external cargo up to 4,000 kilos with cargos of a dimension of up to 23 cubic meters, features that make it ideal for seismic operations, the construction of electrical towers, bridges and drilling equipment and the maintenance of oil and gas operations.
Large loads can be loaded through the rear door of the aircraft. It can be configured for up to 12 stretchers in medical air evacuation (MEDEVAC) operations. The helicopter is able to undertake rescue operations with the use of a rescue hoist which can lift up to 250 kilos and reach inaccessible areas and/or those where it is impossible to land, making it the ideal option for humanitarian operations and/or natural disasters. If a powerful and versatile helicopter is desired, the MI is one of the best options.
- Manufacturer: ULAN UDE – Helicopter Plant, Russia
- Cruising speed: 240 km/h
- Maximum speed: 250 km/h
- Cabin dimensions: 5.34/2.25/1.8m
- Rotor diameter: 21.3m
- Height: 5.34m
- Maximum take-off weight: 13,000kg
- Maximum height: 6,000m
- Maximum load: 4,000kg
- Main fuel tanks: 2,615 liters
- Power: Two Turboeje Klimov TV3 – 117 VM engines.
- Number of passengers: 24
- Crew: Pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer.
- Autonomy: 3:15 hours
- Special operations: External load hook, fire extinguishing with Bambi Bucket and rescue hoist.
- Navigation equipment: VOR, ADF, GPS and SKYTRAC.
Oil, gas and mining services
- Passenger transport
- Internal and external cargo transport
- Logistical support
- Seismic work
- Pipeline construction work
- Electrical line laying
- Overhead cable construction
- Operations at altitude
- The transportation of dangerous goods
- Fire extinguishing with Bambi Bucket
- Rescue hoist operation
- Medical air evacuations
- Aerial photography
- Off-shore operation