Mi 26 Helicopter. A photo. Video. Characteristics.
Mi 26 Helicopter. A photo. Video. Characteristics.

Mi 26 Helicopter. A photo. Video. Characteristics. 



One of the main advantages of transport helicopters is the flexibility of their use. They can carry out freight traffic in areas where the use of transport aircraft is not possible. For transportation of large-sized cargo of large mass there is a special class of heavy transport helicopters (TTV), among which the undoubted leader today is Mi-26.

Description: Rotorwing heavyweight.


By the beginning of the 70-s, the Soviet TTV was represented by Mi-10 and Mi-6 helicopters, which were excellent in their class and outperformed all foreign counterparts.


Description: Mi 26 photo

Mi-26 T Photos


Nevertheless, in connection with the increase in the volume of cargo transportation, it was required to replace these helicopters with a more perfect one. In 1970, the Moscow Helicopter Plant named after M.L. began work on the creation of such a machine. Responsibility for the organization and work on the project was assigned to the chief designer Smirnov GP. and his deputy Samusenko AG. Bakhov О.P. Acted as a lead designer. A classical single screw scheme was adopted. By December 1971, the project of a heavy Mi-26 helicopter (90 product) was developed. 14 December 1977 took place the first flight prototype. At the same time, preparations were under way for the launch of the machine in batch production.


The designers decided to install on the new helicopter two aircraft turboshaft gas turbine engines GTD D-136 (2 X 8380 kW), which by this time was being developed by the Zaporozhye motor-building design bureau "Progress". The power plant was equipped with an automatic propeller speed control and power synchronization system. If one of the engines failed, the second automatically switched to maximum power, which allowed the helicopter to continue flying. The design of the engines was modular, which greatly facilitated maintenance and repair.

Description: Rotorwing heavyweight.

 Aviation turboshaft gas turbine engine GTD D-136


The supporting screw is eight-bladed, its diameter is 28 m. The blades are made of metal-plastic. In the design of the main rotor hub, a titanium alloy was used for the first time. All this allowed to significantly reduce the total weight (almost by 40% compared to the five-bladed screw Mi-6). The steering screw is five-blade, the blades are made of fiberglass.


Mi-26 modification

·         In-29 - prototype

·         Mi-26 - military transport option

·         Mi-26A - improved version

·         Mi-26M - designed for improved performance and equipped with new navigation equipment and new propeller.

·         Mi-26MS - medical option

·         Mi-26NEF-M - anti-submarine version; on the external sling he carried a hydroacoustic station for detecting submarines, there is a side removable cockpit of the pilot operator, currently located in the flight museum in a semi-disassembled state. November 16 Rostov-on-Don at Rostvertol.

·         Mi-26P - civilian version on passenger 63

·         Mi-26PK - “flying crane”

·         Mi-26T - civil transport option

·         Mi-26T2 - an updated basic model of round-the-clock use with a reduced number of crew members and a new avionics. Serial production of the upgraded helicopter is planned to begin in 2012.[4]

·         Mi-26TC - cargo option

·         Mi-26TM - “flying crane”

·         Mi-26TP - fire option

·         Mi-26PP - jammer

·         Mi-26TS - export version of Mi-26T

·         Mi-26TZ - tanker

·         Mi-27 - air control station


fuselage design also has a number of innovations that allowed to surpass the Mi-6 on the characteristics of the cargo compartment nearly doubled.



Mi-26 Cabin


Mi-26 is actively used in army and civil aviation. It can transport various cargoes (20000 kg in a cargo cabin or 18500 on an external suspension), including equipment, as well as passengers (85 soldiers in full equipment or 60 patients on stretchers). The helicopter was used in the work to eliminate the consequences of the Chernobyl accident. It was used for transport and rescue operations during various military conflicts on the territory of the former USSR.


Mi-26 characteristics

Description: Mi-26 Specifications


Normal take-off mass of the helicopter is 49600 kg. Maximum speed 295 km / h. Flight range 800 km. Ceiling 4600 m.


Mi-26 video