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Mi-9 / Mi-19 HIP-G airborne command post

The Mi-9 airborne command post developed at M.L.Mil on the basis of the Mi-8T transport helicopter. The first Mi-8VKP (sometimes referred to as Mi-8VzPU - air command posts) were converted in the early 1970s by the military themselves, taking into account the experience of operating similar devices based on the Mi-4 helicopter. The design of the Mi-9 is similar to the base helicopter. All transport equipment and weapons were removed from the Mi-8T (but the suspension frame was left) and the Mi-6VKP helicopter complex was installed with a reduced number of stations.

The first Mi-8VKP equipped in the early 70's. the military itself, taking into account the experience of operating Mi-4 devices of a similar purpose. They were also sometimes referred to as Mi-8VzPU - air control points. The very first serial modification created at the cost center, the Mi-9 command post (Mi-8IV), appeared in 1977. It was equipped with a complex of communications equipment, which included a special system of radio stations and radio transmitters, and was intended for commanders of motorized rifle (tank) and aviation divisions. The modernization of the Mi-8MT served as the basis for development in 1987 of new modifications of Mi-19 air command posts for commanders of motorized rifle and tank divisions and Mi-19R for commanders of missile divisions.

The microcomputer complex technical means (BKTS) for air control point (VzPU) on Mi-19 provides improvement of reliability, survivability and management range troop grouping.

  • receiving orders, commands and control signals and alerts from higher authorities and issuing confirmations of their receipt;
  • reception, processing, issuance of data on their troops and enemy troops to devices for displaying and documenting;
  • the formation and issuance to higher authorities of reports of military operations of subordinate troops;
  • the formation and issuance to subordinate troops of orders, instructions, commands and control signals and alerts, and receiving acknowledgment from them of receipt;
  • reception, documentation, storage and correction of operational-tactical information from command posts of the interacting troops;
  • mutual exchange of information between officials VzPU;
  • telephone communication with subscribers of interacting objects;
  • auditory telegraph communication.

In order to increase the reliability of combat control in 1979, an air control center was organized, the first chief of which was Lt. Col. Shevchuk Yu.I. The air control center was created on the basis of the MI-8IV helicopter and is equipped with communication facilities. It rises into the air after an enemy strike or threat of a nuclear strike and is able to relay all received orders and signals on radio networks. VzPU is also able to assess the situation in the positional area of the division after the enemy inflicts a nuclear missile strike. Repeatedly during the exercises and trainings, as well as inspections by the higher command, officers of the air control center showed high results of their skill in creating reliable combat control.


  • Mi-8VKP ( Mi-8VzPU ) air command post, equipped directly with the troops from Mi-8T. Converted in the early 70s, several helicopters.
  • Mi-9 ( Mi-8IV ) serial command post. It was produced in 1977-1987.
  • Mi-19 command post for commanders of motorized rifle and tank divisions based on the Mi-8MT. It was produced since 1987.
  • Mi-19R command post for commanders of missile divisions.

diameter of the main screw, m21.29
Tail rotor diameter, m3.91
Length m18.42418.424 / 25.352
Height, m4.7554,756 / 5,552
Weight kg empty7100
normal takeoff11100
maximum take-off1300013,000
internal fuel, kg1450 + 1420
engine's type2 GTE Klimov TV3-117MT 2 x Klimov TV3-117MT
power, kWt2 x 14542 * 1454
Maximum speed, km / h250250
Cruising speed, km / h240
Practical range, km950460
Range, km495
Practical ceiling, m50005000
Static ceiling, m1760
Payload:up to 20 passengers

Mi-9 Mi-9

Mi-19 Mi-19

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