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Mi-80 Tarantula
Mi-80 Tarantula
Origin Russia Russian Federation
Role Heavy lift cargo helicopter
Manufacturer Rostvertol
Primary user Spetsnaz Guard Brigades
General characteristics
Crew 3
Length 52.4 ft (16.0 m)
Height 17.7 ft (5.40 m)
Loaded weight 70 tons
Performance
Armament 30mm chaingun
Engine Aviadvigatel PD-14 Turbofan Engine

OverviewEdit

The Tarantula is the largest single-rotor helicopter in use in the year 2020. Based on a design that first appeared in the 1980's, this new version is able to carry more than double the weight of its predecessor and is used by the SBG to deliver heavy equipment and armor to hot zones over short distances. A large crate is suspended from the bottom, carrying vehicles in it.

Behind the ScenesEdit

The earlier design is the Mi-26 Halo, the biggest helicopter ever put into production. It can carry over 20 tonnes of cargo - or more than a hundred people. Among its achievements are recovering several CH-47 Chinook helicopters downed in Afghanistan, and even moving a Tu-134 airliner. Its variant, the Mi-27, was built as an airborne command center for an entire army (corps, 50000-60000 personnel).

It's not exactly clear why anyone would try to arm such a cumbersome craft (i.e. the nose gun), and equip it with such an abnormal cockpit design - the single forward "bubble" is for the gunner (if it is following the same logic as the Mi-24 Hind), while the two upper "bubbles" are for pilots.

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