Mil Mi-2 - NATO code: HOPLITE

This is a light multipurpose two-engine helicopter of Russian design with classic arrangement of a three-blade bearing and a two-blade balance rotor. It is designed to replace the predecessor - type Mi-1 - and it can be used for transportation of personnel and cargo, and for training and reconnaissance tasks including rescue operations.

The first prototype of the Mi-2 made its first flight in September 1961. According to a 1964 agreement, its further development, manufacture and marketing was transfered to Poland. A series production at the Polish PZL company began two years later. The cargo compartment dimensions are: 2.27 metres length (4.05 metres including cockpit), 1.2 m width, and 1.4 m height. It can accommodate up to eight passengers, or 700 kg of cargo after the removal of seats, or two stretchered and two seated persons. The cockpit is accessible by doors on each front part of the fuselage and by a larger door on the left side. Under the fuselage, a load of up to 800 kg can be hung. Each side of the fuselage can be equipped with additional fuel tanks for a total of 476 litres of fuel. The helicopter is equipped with a fixed (non-retractable) three-wheel landing gear with a front double-tyre leg. It is driven by two Izotov GTD-350 engines of 330 kW output each. These engines were also produced under Russian licence by the Polish PZL company.

Basic Tactical-technical Data

  • High-speed cruise: 210 km per hour
  • Typical cruise speed: 185 km per hour
  • Operation range: 420 km
  • Flight ceiling: 3,800 metres
  • Climbing close to surface: 4.9 metres per second
  • Payload: 800 kg
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 2,380 kg
  • Maximum take-off weight: 3,550 kg
  • Length with rotating blades: 17.4 metres
  • Length of fuselage: 11.4 metres
  • Height: 3.75 metres
  • Diameter of the main rotor: 14.5 metres
  • Diameter of the anti-torque rotor: 2.7 metres
  • Crew: 2

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