Mi-8T (NATO designation: Hip) is the standard transport version. It is the most common helicopter Mil helicopter still in service today. The first-generation Mi-8 can be easily identified by their long engine intakes without dust covers and starboard tail rotor. Over 1,000 of these helicopters were delivered to over 50 countries and many are still in service.
The helicopter has the range of 500 km (approx. 270 nmi) and the service ceiling of 4,500 meters (approx. 14,764 ft). It can carry up to 28 passengers or 4,000 kg (approx. 8,820 lbs) of cargo. It is less powerful than the later models, but is rugged, reliable, and easy to maintain.
This helicopter is well suited for passenger or cargo transportation and can operate in a wide range of climates.