Mil Mi-26 ‘Halo’
in Cyprus Air Command service


Key Facts

Total Delivered: 1
Total Still Active: 0
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 2001
Retirement: 2002
Main Role: Transport
Origin: leased


The monster Mil Mi-26Z Halo is the world’s largest helicopter and one was leased from Russia in November 2001 for one year to provide a heavy troop and utility transport role to the Air Force.
This aircraft is capable of carrying up to 105 troops or two armoured vehicles, and was used during the summer-time as a water-carrying aircraft to help fight forest-fires.
The Mil Mi-26Z Halo does not carry external armaments.
The Mi-26 was returned in November 2002, at the end of its lease.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
RA-02675     24 Nov 2001 returned Nov 2002


None at present.

More Information


  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

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