Mi-26T is the largest, heaviest and most powerful helicopter in the world with the maximum payload of approx. 20 tons (44,090 lbs). The first production aircraft was rolled out in October, 1980 and the first helicopters were delivered to military and civilian operators in 1985. The latest model, Mi-26T2, was launched into serial production in 2015.
The aircraft can carry up to 20 tons (44,090 lbs) inside the cabin or on external sling. It has an operating ceiling of 4,600 meters (approx. 15,100 feet) and a maximum range (with auxiliary tanks) of 1,200 km (approx. 678 nmi). No other civilian or military helicopter in the world can match the heavy lifting capacity of an Mi-26.
The aircraft is suitable for heavy cargo transportation missions inside the cabin or on external sling. It can also be equipped to carry up to 70 passengers.