The MI-8 HIP is a multi-role transport helicopter capable of carring transport troops and supplies as well as performing attacker armed with rockets and guns. It is often used to resupply guerrillas, insert detachments or provide air support to attacking units. Designed as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 proved a multi-purpose machine. The suspension of external cable, equipped with the device for measuring weight, can be transported large loads of up to three tons. If necessary, it became both combat, rescue helicopters and artillery observation.
The large, five-blade main rotor is mounted on the engine in the midsection, while carrying a weapons platform mounted on the lower half of the body. External stores are mounted on weapons racks on each side of the fuselage. The C has four external landmarks HIP, E HIP, HIP H, six, other variants have none. Not all available munitions used at the same time, the mission determines the configuration of weapons. Two turboshaft engines are mounted on the top of the fuselage with two round air intakes just above the cockpit and rounded exhaust ports aft. The Mi-8 is capable of single-engine flight in case of loss of power from one engine (depending on aircraft mission weight) because of a distribution system of the engine load. If an engine fails, the output of other engines is automatically increased to allow continued flight.
The fuselage consists of a long, bus-like body with a rounded nose and the cockpit glass. Interior seats are removable for transporting cargo. The rear doors open deck, a winch for easy loading inside of heavy goods. Lashing floor is everywhere. The aircraft carries a rescue crane capable of 150 kg, and a harness system can load 3,000 kg. Two fuel pods are offset and mounted low in the body, which has a built in rear section and tricycle landing gear. The tail cone to the small arrow, and tapered fin with rotor on top right or left, with small flats mounted forward of the fin.