Mi-26 Halo | special heavy lift helicopter
The Mil Mi-26 (Russian: Миль Ми-26, referred to as Halo) is a Russian-made heavy transport helicopter. It is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series production. The New Hayesalian Army operates a small, specialist group of these helicopters to perform extreme heavy lift missions, with tasks including the retrieval of downed helicopters and heavy craft, and delivery of heavy equipment and tools.
The Mi-26 features eight main rotor blades and five tail rotor blades fitted above the mid-fuselage section on hump. The heavy load carrying capacity and high cruise speed feature allow the helicopter to be economically efficient.
The helicopter also comprises a cargo compartment on the rear side of the cockpit. The compartment, which is 12m long, 3.3m wide and 3.2m high, can hold two combat vehicles of approximately 1,000kg each. Two electric winches on the overhead rails are used to move loads into the cabin. Closed circuit TV is used to monitor slung loads.
The Mi-26 has electrically de-iced main and tail rotor blades, infrared jammers, infrared suppressors, infrared decoy dispensers and a colour-coded identification flare system to protect the helicopter from ballistic missiles. Infrared jammers block the infrared signal transmission and protect the helicopter from infrared missiles.
The cockpit, pressurised to optimise visibility, accommodates five flight crew, being the pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, navigator and electronic radio operator. The seats of the pilot and co-pilot are located adjacent to each other in the front side of the cockpit control panel. The flight engineer and navigator seats are built on the back side of the pilot's seat.