Just to put things in perspective, The Halo’s power and payload capacity is twice that of the U.S Army’s much hailed CH-47 Chinook helicopter. A lot of time, Halo is compared with the legendary Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport plane, as according to Avia-Russia, the helicopter’s military versions is capable of carrying as many as 90 combat ready troops, or 63 seated civilians, or even 60 stretchers!
In the picture above, a Mi-26 is transporting a retired Tupolev Tu-134 airliner. You wouldn’t see such sights of sheer power and brute strength anywhere in your country, unless its Russia of course.
Halo is sometimes used in more dangerous situations and battlefields as well. It has a range of nearly 500 miles, so the Mi-26 has been employed in the past to carry large payloads to inaccessible or unusual places. For example, after the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China, a Mi-26 was used to deliver heavy machinery and earth-movers to the remote mountainous valleys to prevent flooding and mudslides.
Okay, a final testimonial to this mad machine’s power. In 1999, a Halo helicopter was used to haul a frozen 23,000-year-old woolly mammoth out of the Siberian tundra. How about that!
Watch the giant during operation in the video below:
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