Gp Capt Rajat Sharma and his aircrew on supply mission to Philippines
Mil Mi-26 [Halo]
The Mil-26 helicopter is the biggest, largest and heaviest helicopter in the world. It can carry 20 tons off payload either internally or externally. This helicopter can carry 82 fully equipped assault troops. Also it can be used as flying ambulance and in this role it can carry 60lying casualties. It is capable of launching at altitude and has been pasted till DBO i.e. 16500 ft. It can be used for civil engineering building of roads / bridges, building.
The crest of this unit has not been approved. However, the matter has been taken up with HQ WAC.
It is operated by No.126 Helicopter Flight. This is relatively a very young unit and has not participated in any operations since its inception. In our country, this helicopter has carried out extensive flood relief operations Ex-Tezpur in Jan 89. It also did a commendable job by laying out the roads in Anini sector in the east. Anini sector was earlier totally air maintained. Being a helicopter flight, it can form time to time be called upon to carry out much casualty evacuation, aid to civil power etc.
Only four Mi-26s are serving with the Flight. Z2896, Z2897, Z3075 and Z3076.
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