Mi-8TV

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This page is about the Soviet attack helicopter Mi-8TV. For other versions, see Mi-8 (Family).
Mi-8TV
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Mi-8TV
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Description

Following the success of the Mi-6 heavy transport helicopter and its usage of turbine engines, Mikhail Mil set out to create a medium attack-transport utility helicopter with turbine engines to replace the aging Mi-4. While the Soviet government was sceptical at first to an entirely new helicopter to replace the Mi-4 (which they were content with), Mil convinced them by claiming his new helicopter would simply be a turbine-powered variant of the Mi-4. Using this excuse, he was able to completely redesign the front half of the helicopter (where the piston engine of the Mi-4 was housed). The Soviet government was still very sceptical about a new turbined transport helicopter, but that all changed when in September 1959, when Nikita Khrushchev during his visit to the USA, took a flight in the S-58 presidential helicopter (Marine One) for the first time and was reportedly extremely impressed. On Khrushchev's return, he ordered the creation of a similar turbine-powered helicopter, which was to be ready for the return visit by the American president, to save face. This gave Mil the power under the orders of Kruschev to build the twin-turbine medium transport helicopter he had originally envisioned. Shortly after, the first prototype of "Mil V-8" helicopter would begin testing. The new helicopter was instantly a hit, entering service with civilian and military operators around the world. Shortly after, a specially armed variant was derived for the Red Army, the Mi-8TV ("V" stands for "Vooruzhennyy" — "armed"), equipped with rocket pods and ATGMs for troop support.

The Mi-8TV(NATO reporting name: Hip), introduced in Update "Sons of Attila", is a early member of the venerable Mi-8 family. The Mi-8 functions as a major upgrade to the previous Mi-4AV, and a decent sidegrade to the early Mi-24A. Armed with a decent load of ATGMs, rockets, bombs, and even incendiary bombs (something rarely found on helicopters in-game), the Mi-8TV is a force to be reckoned with when positioned correctly in combined battles. Players must be wary of its manoeuvrability: while it is indeed a major upgrade in flight performance over the Mi-4AV thanks to its lighter and far stronger turbine engines, it is no AH-1 Cobra and is still a large target which is easy to hit. Players must exercise caution when engaging ground targets with the Mi-8, as its large profile makes it easy pickings for SPAA at closer ranges.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m260 km/h
Max altitude4 950 m
Engine2 х Klimov TV2-117A
Take-off weight12 t

Describe how the helicopter behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
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Max altitude
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AB RB
Stock 251 243 4950
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

Crew3 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 km/h

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Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB9 055 → 12 948 Sl icon.png
RB2 597 → 3 713 Sl icon.png
SB4 377 → 6 259 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications267 000 Rp icon.png
422 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts490 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 300 / 430 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
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Replacing helicopter blades
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Engine
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Flak jacket
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Helicopter frame
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NVD
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Cover
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EFS(a)
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YaK-B_belt_pack
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ZB-500
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FAB-100
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2P32M/K-4V
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YaK-B_new_gun
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FAB-250
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FAB-500
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Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Offensive armament

Main article: A-12.7 (12.7 mm)

The Mi-8TV is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm A-12.7 machine gun, nose turret (700 rpg)

Suspended armament

The Mi-8TV can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 96 x S-5K rockets
  • 192 x S-5K rockets
  • 192 x S-5K rockets + 2 x 9M17M Falanga missiles
  • 4 x 9M17M Falanga missiles
  • 6 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg FAB-250M-62 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-54 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg ZB-500 incendiary bombs (1,000 kg total)

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".

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History

This combat ready version of the Mi-8 was developed based on the Mi-8T model in 1974. The "TV" designation stands for "Transportno-Vooruzhenny," literally meaning "Transport-Armed." The helicopter was equipped with a movable 12.7mm machine gun in the nose, along with six pylons designed to carry a wide variety of suspended weaponry, including the Falanga anti-tank guided missile. This armament package brought the helicopter's combat ability roughly in line with early versions of the Mi-24. Despite being modified for combat, the helicopter retained its full troop transport functionality, being able to carry up to 23 soldiers, who could also fire their personal weapons through loopholes installed in the windows. The Mi-8TV helicopters were produced in limited numbers in Kazan. They were used for various roles in tandem with the Mi-24 and were also supplied to border patrol and naval aviation units.

- From Devblog

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Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
Attack  Mi-4AV
  Mi-8AMTSh · Mi-8TV
  Mi-24A · Mi-24P · Mi-24V
  Mi-28N · Mi-28NM
  Mi-35M
Export  ◊Mi-8TB
  ▂Mi-24D · ◔Mi-24D · ◔Mi-24V · ◔Mi-24P · ◊Mi-24P · ◄Mi-24P HFS 80
  Mi-28A

USSR helicopters
Attack 
Hound  Mi-4AV
Hip  Mi-8AMTSh · Mi-8TV
Hind  Mi-24A · ▂Mi-24D · Mi-24P · Mi-24V · Mi-35M
Havoc  Mi-28N · Mi-28NM
Helix  Ka-29
Hokum  Ka-50 · Ka-52