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Mil - Mi-26T

Mi-26T Transport Variant:

The Mi-26t is the world's largest heavy-lift helicopter. It is capable of lifting large size cargo items weighing up to 20 tons, either inside the cargo compartment or on an external sling. A combined internal and external load configuration is also permitted, providing the total load does not exceed 20 tons.

The helicopter can be widely employed at construction sites, airlifting and mounting heavy industrial equipment, drilling rigs, electric power line installations, bridge construction, logging operations and other complex civil engineering operations as well as on fire-fighting duties. High placement accuracy of external loads is achieved using the special front and rear auxiliary cabins.

A clearance control system is available for handling items of large volume during loading. The helicopter is provided with engine starting facilities using internal power, special ladders are not required as both engine and gearbox cowling, when in open position, serve as maintenance platforms.

The APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) provides ground power for internal engine starting, electrical and hydraulic systems together with air conditioning of the flight crew compartment. The flight crew compartment is pressurized and affords excellent visibility, with a well layed out, integrated flight/navigation system that meets modern requirements. The Mi-26t can fly day or night in good and bad weather conditions.

Mi-26T Refueler Variant:

The Tanker Refueler version of the Mi-26t is used to transport large amounts of fuel and to carry out refueling operations in remote areas or where conditions make it difficult to set up mobile refueling stations. Additionally, aviation fuel carried on the tanker, can be used in place of extra fuel tanks to increase the helicopter's own ferrying range.

The Tanker refueler on the base of the MI-26t helicopter is intended for:

  • Operative delivery of fuel (aviation kerosene and diesel fuel) and lubricants
  • Autonomous aircraft fuelling and land transport equipment

Time necessary for conversation from refueling equipment version: 1h. 25 min. From transport version to refueling equipment version: 1h. 25 min.

Mi-26T Ambulance Variant:

The flying ambulance is intended for rendering emergency medical aid to casualties on board of the helicopter, either on the ground or in flight, (inside can be performed first-aid and medical assistance with fulfillment of reanimation and intensive care therapy), followed by transportation of the casualties to a hospital in the shortest possible time.

The flying ambulance allows to:

  • Dispatch medical teams and necessary medical equipment immediately to disaster areas in remote regions
  • Render emergency medical aid to casualties on board of the helicopter (either on the ground or in flight)
  • Urgent evacuation of casualties to hospitals directly from places of the accident;
  • Autonomous operation of the Flying Ambulance (on the ground) or on unequipped sites

Mi-26T Firefighting Variant:

Fighting at the center of fires, the firefighter MI-26t complex with VSU-15 water discharging device on the external sling is designed for:

  • Extinguishing and localization of fires in tundra, steppe, forest-steppe, forest and mountain regions
  • Extinguishing and localization of industrial and domestic fires

Delivery to remote and difficult of access regions to fire sites mobile fire fighting service stations, wheeled and non-wheeled vehicles as well as the paratroopers of fire fighting services. The VSU-15 water-discharging device on the external sling allows to perform the intake of water, intended for fire fighting, in hovering mode from any kind of water reservoirs, including shallow ones. Control of water intake and discharge is performed from the operator's remote control. When necessary the VSU-15 water-discharging device can be quickly disconnected and the helicopter can be used for transportation of personnel and equipment.

Helicopter fire fighting complex includes:

  • VSU-15 water discharging device
  • External sling providing transportation of VSU-15 and control of water intake and discharge
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Thermal vision unit
  • Radio for communication of the crew with ground fire brigades
  • System of chemical ad mixtures dosage


Passenger seats : 63
Combat troops : 90

Take-off Weight:
Normal: 49.6 t (109350 lbs)
Maximum: 56.0 t (123457 lbs)


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