Mi- Mi- 8MTV, the multipurpose middle sized double turbine engine helicopter, has been designed by the Design Beaurau of M L Mille. It is an improved version of helicopter Mi-8T that has been manufactured and commercially available since 1965.
The three important innovations used in the design of the Mi- 8MTV aim not only to improve the aircraft’s performance characteristics, but to expand the areas and terrains of usage and conditions the helicopter can operate in as well. These three improvements are:
Mi – 8MTВ -1 is the next modification of the helicopter Mi- 8MT. It has installed high-altitude engines TV3-117VM that improves the lifting capacity of the helicopter in the mountainous terrain and at high or very low air temperatures (from -50 to +50 degrees Celsius).
Mi – 8MTV – 1 is used in the following modifications:
The cargo helicopter –with load capacity up to 4,000 kg of various kinds of cargo either in the fuselage of the cabin or on an external sling.
The passenger version can carry up to 26 passengers. It is designed with the idea to ensure passengers’ in-flight comfort and safety. The low level of noise and vibration, the almost noiseless climate-control systems of the cabin provides a comfortable and enjoyable in-flight environment. The emergency exits meet the latest safety standards for passenger transportation.
If used as a flying hospital the Mi-8MTV can accommodate up to 12 injured patients on stretchers plus 1 medic plus all the necessary equipment to save lives. The interior of this modification can be disinfected quickly to very high medical standards to avoid spreading infections.
The search and rescue modification of the Mi8MTV is fitted with special equipment including searchlights, winches, speakers and radiolocation systems and it can be used in all weather conditions (from -50 to +50 degrees Celsius).
The fire-fighting modification is using a suspended device type VSU -5 (or «Bambi-basket» with a capacity of 2500-3000 litres) and can target the fire affected areas with very high accuracy.
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