Figure 1-17. Medium Helicopter Mi-8T/HIP C.
The Mi-8T/HIP medium helicopter has an all-metal, semimonocoque, pod-and-boom fuselage, with
fixed tricycle landing gear and external fuel tanks. Twin 1,500-shp turboshaft engines are mounted
above the cabin. On later models, the engines may have air-intake covers, particle separators, and IR
suppressors. There is a five-blade main rotor; a three-blade tail rotor is mounted on the right side of a
small vertical stabilizer. The HIP has a sliding, jettisonable main passenger door at the front left side of
the cabin and large clamshell cargo-loading doors at the rear. It carries a winch and hook for external
loads. Several versions of the Mi-8T, both armed and unarmed are in military use.
The Mi-8T/HIP C is the basic medium transport/assault helicopter. It may have optional twin racks
outboard of the fuel tanks on each side of the fuselage for a variety of external weapon systems. Its
armament may include four 16-shot 57-mm rocket pods, four 250-kg bombs, or two 500-kg bombs.
Aside from the external weapon stores, the HIP C may mount a 12.7-mm machine gun in the right
clamshell door in the rear. Each window in the transport section has a support bracket to allow
infantrymen to fire their assault rifles or light machine guns at ground targets. The Mi-8T/HIP C may
also be configured for minelaying and ELINT collection roles.
The HIP C is organic to division-level helicopter squadrons, in the HIP squadron of some army-level
attack helicopter regiments, and in the medium-lift squadrons of front-level transport helicopter
regiments. Along with the HIP C, the HIP E is used in army-level attack helicopter regimens. The HIP
J and K are organic to the front-level helicopter ECM squadron.
The HIP C lacks the ATGM capability of the HIP E or F versions. In the general cargo role, the HIP C is
most often limited to 3,000 kilograms internal cargo, due to power limitations. The HIP E ECM variant
also has power limitations.