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Mi-8R (Razvedchik = Разведчик = Scout), alternatively known as Mi-8GR, Mi-8K, and Mi-8KZA (Kontrolxnaya Zapasnaya Apparatura = Контрольная Запасная Аппаратура = control writing equipment?), was a tactical recon version with the ELINT "Grebeshok-5" (Гребешок-5 = Haircomb-5) system. The bottom section of the rear clamshell doors were cut in a way that allowed a drum-shaped radome to extend through the opening in mid flight, and in the event that it failed to retract when landing, a special landing pad was made at its respective airport with a pit in which the radome could fit into.

It was nicknamed "Слухач" (Listener?).

There were apparently three stationed in East Germany, but one was reverted back to the original Mi-8T standard in 1991.



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My inner child sees the radome as a giant gumdrop. O_O



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Ha! Glad I'm not the only one who sees it. It sort of reminds me of giant Dots candy.



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Stingray wrote:

one was reverted back to the original Mi-8T standard in 1991.


 

I believe I just found this exact one (85 Red, it looks like):

https://russianplanes.net/id140696



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According to Kirillov Kirill, forum member at forums.airforce.ru, his father flew on one of the Mi-8Rs (22 Red, first picture below) which was one of two operated by the GSVG (the third was solely operated by the Soviets in Russia). The antenna apparently worked with speeds up to 120km/h (about 75mph) extended.

The following couple of photos are from his family archive: First pic taken in Hungary shows his father with radio operators and the second pic shows the interior, with operators and the mission equipment.

http://forums.airforce.ru/foto-video/874-rulezhka-mi-8-a-34/#post69236



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