The Mil – Mi-26T

The Mi-26t is the world’s largest heavy-lift helicopter. It is capable of lifting large size┬ácargo items weighing up to 20 tons, either inside the cargo compartment or on an external sling.

A Snapshot of the Mil – Mi-26T

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.

Variants:

Refueler:
  • 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
  • Aviation fuel carried on the tanker, can be used in place of extra fuel tanks to increase the helicopter's own ferrying range
  • 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
  • Time necessary for conversation from transport to refueling equipment version: 1h. 25 min
Ambulance:
  • 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
  • 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
Fire-fighting:
  • 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
  • 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
  • VSU-15 water-discharging device can be quickly disconnected and the helicopter can be used for transportation of personnel and equipment
  • Control of water intake and discharge is performed from the operator's remote control
  • External sling providing transportation of VSU-15 and control of water intake and discharge
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Control of water intake and discharge is performed from the operator's remote control
  • Thermal vision unit
  • Radio for communication of the crew with ground fire brigades
  • System of chemical ad mixtures dosage
Search & Rescue (SAR):
  • Providing of building constructions mounting
  • External sling
  • Optional modules and equipment include: Medical Module with intensive therapy module, Rescue hoist, Search light
Emergency Medical Service (EMS):
  • Transport of Medical Staff
  • Evacuation of casualties (patients) to the place of care, including the implementation of resuscitation on board the helicopter.
  • Optional modules and equipment include: Emergency Medical module with special equipment, Rescue hoist

Specifications:

Take-off Weight:
Normal:
49.6 t
Maximum:
56.0 t
Empty Weight:
28.2 t
Cargo Compartment Dimensions:
Lenth:
12.1m
Height:
3.2m
Width:
3.1m
Dimensions of Airframe:
Lenth:
35.91m
Height:
8.145m
Width:
6.02m
Diameter of Main Rotor:
32.0 m
Number of Blades:
Main Rotor:
8
Crew:
5
Passengers:
Combat Troops:
90
Passenger Seated:
63
Medical Stretchers:
60
On Tip-Up Seats:
20
Operational Activities:
  • Cargo Transport
  • Disaster relief
  • Firefighting
  • Flying crane
  • Fuel tanker
  • Medical Evacuation
  • Military
  • Power Line
  • Passenger transport

Performance:

Load-Carrying Capacity:
In Cargo:
20.0 t
On External Sling:
20.0 t
Crusing Speed:
255 km/h
Ceiling Under ISA Conditions:
Hovering OGE (min):
1800m
Service (min):
4600m
Powerplant: D-136 Turbine
Fuel Consumption:
0.198 kg/hp*h
Service Life:
3000 h
Power:
11400 h.p.
Range:
With Max. Fuel:
800 km
With 4 Extra Tanks:
1920 km
Maximum Flight Duration:
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