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    Mil Mi-26 (Halo) Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter

    The Soviet-Russian Mil Mi-26 HALO remains the largest helicopter to ever have been produced in number and remains in active service across the globe.

     Updated: 5/12/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    Since its adoption into service with the Soviet Air Force during the early 1980s, the Cold War-era Mi-26 (NATO codename of "Halo") has been the largest and most powerful helicopter anywhere in the world. This heavy-lift series was developed to replace the aging Mil Mi-6 series. The Mi-26 was given an all-new, eight-bladed main rotor driven by a pair of Lotarev powerplants which helped the helicopter become a proven performer in both military and civilian roles - serving well in humanitarian relief efforts through its impactful supply-delivery capabilities.

    The Mi-26 is powered by twin Lotarev D-136 series turboshafts developing approximately 11,400 shaft horsepower each and these are installed atop the cargo hold section of the fuselage abaft of the flight deck. Performance-wise, this massive machine can reach speeds up to 185 miles per hour and cruise at 160 miles per hour. Range is out to 1,200 miles with a service ceiling of 15,100 feet being possible. The 105-foot diameter eight-blade main rotor features advanced design and construction and is paired to a five-bladed tail rotor fitted along the vertical tail fin facing starboard. The helicopter's cockpit cabin is set well-forwards in the design, overlooking a short, rounded nose cone assembly and offering excellent vision out-of-the-cockpit. The cargo area is spacious and suitable for hauling up to 90 infantry with gear, 60 medical litters with staff or up 44,100 pounds of cargo. Her power is such that she can be used to carry heavy construction equipment to areas traditional rugged Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) aircraft cannot. Entry/exit is through sliding side doors as well as a powered loading ramp at rear which opens at the base of the tail section. The undercarriage is fixed and wheeled, consisting of a traditional tricycle arrangement. The standard operating crew for the Mi-26 is five made up of two pilots, a flight engineer/loadmaster, dedicated navigator, and a flight technician.

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    Mil Mi-26 (Halo) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1983
    Type: Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
    National Origin: Soviet Union
    Manufacturer(s): Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant - Soviet Union / Russian Helicopters - Russia
    Production Total: 300

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 5
    Length: 131.30 feet (40.02 meters)
    Width: 104.99 feet (32.00 meters)
    Height: 26.71 feet (8.14 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 62,170 lb (28,200 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 123,459 lb (56,000 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x Lotarev D-136 turboshaft engines developing 11,400 horsepower each driving an eight-bladed main rotor and five-bladed tail rotor.

    Maximum Speed: 183 mph (295 kph; 159 knots)
    Maximum Range: 1,213 miles (1,952 km)
    Service Ceiling: 15,092 feet (4,600 meters; 2.86 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    None. Hold reserved for up to 90 combat-ready troops, 60 medical litters with medical staff, or up to 44,100 pounds of cargo / supply pallets.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Algeria; Belarus; Belgium; Cambodia; China; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; India; Indonesia; Kazakhstan; Laos; Mexico; North Korea; Peru; Poland; Russia; Soviet Union; Ukraine; Venezuela

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    V-29 - Prototype Model

    Mi-26 "Halo-A" - Militarized Cargo Transport Model.

    Mi 26A - Upgraded Mi-26 Model

    Mi-26M - Improved Performance Model based on the Mi-26.

    Mi-26MS - MEDEVAC variant

    Mi-26NEF-M - Dedicated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Model.

    Mi-26P - Passenger Transport Model; seating for up to 63 personnel.

    Mi-26PP - Communications Model

    Mi-26PK - Airborne Crane Platform

    Mi-26S - Conversion Model developed to combt and assist nucelar disasters after the Chernobly incident.

    Mi-26T - Civilian Cargo Transport Model

    Mi-26TC - Basic Cargo Transport Model

    Mi-26TM - Airborne Crane Platform

    Mi-26TP - Dedicated Firefighting Platform

    Mi-26TS - Export Model based on the Mi-26T model civilian cargo transport.

    Mi-26TZ - Dedicated In-Flight Refueling Tanker