Faction CSAT
Type Heavy Utility Helicopter
Seats All variants: 3 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 1× Loadmaster

Bench variant: 11 seats:

  • 8× Passengers

Transport variant: 19 seats:

  • 16× Passengers

Medical variant: 7 seats:

  • 4× Passengers
Item capacity Max: 4000 kg
  • 12× Weapons
  • 48× Magazines
  • 24× Backpacks
Top speed ~ 255 km/h
Service ceiling 3,700 m
Fuel capacity 2500 L
Primary armament None
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 168x Countermeasures (Chaff/Flare)
Variants Standard, Ammo, Bench, Cargo, Fuel, Medical, Repair, Transport

The Mi-290 Taru is a heavy-lift utility helicopter used by CSAT forces in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Helicopters DLC.


  • Roles:
    • Heavy-lift utility helicopter
    • Troop transport
    • Vehicle repair
    • Refuelling
    • Vehicle munitions rearmament
    • Aeromedical evacuation
« The Mi-290 Taru is a heavy utility helicopter with coaxial rotors and a unique modular construction. Various mission pods allow the Taru to serve many different roles. It can transport cargo, troops, and provide battlefield supplies (ammunition, fuel, repair facilities, and medical equipment). The helicopter can also transport light vehicles thanks to its sling loading capabilities.
Field Manual


The Mi-290 is a twin-engine, heavy-lift utility helicopter that uses a distinctive coaxial rotor system which removes the need for a tail rotor.

It is unique for its ability to utilise interchangeable mission pods, which grant the Mi-290 a diverse array of performable roles, from transporting troops into battle, to providing air medical services.

It is available in up to eight variants, each variant featuring a mission pod that is fixed to the Mi-290's fuselage, which is where the passenger cabin would be on a conventional helicopter.

Aside from the standard version with no attached pod, these variants range from a munitions carrier, with an ammunition container attached; a troop transport variant, with a fixed open-air bench pod; a supply carrier, with a cargo container; a fuel tanker; a medical transport pod, with stretchers; a vehicle repair pod; and another troop transport variant, with a closed pod instead of open benches.


Open bench variant of the Mi-290 with a full squad loaded and in combat.

Unlike its NATO counterpart which is specialised exclusively as a troop transport with moderate slingloading capabilities (and uses a more traditional helicopter design), the Mi-290's unique mission pod capability allows it to do much more than just transport troops.

It is slightly slower than the Huron, but features much better manoeuvrability and a more compact airframe. It can transport troops and lift cargo to and from smaller landing zones as a result.

One consequence of its multi-role capability is that it comes at the cost of armament. While the Mi-290 does possess countermeasures and an RWR to ward-off and notify (respectively) the crew of anti-air threats, it's completely helpless should it come under fire from surface-to-air missiles and cannon fire.

This necessitates the need for an escort when operating in hostile territory, as unlike the Huron it cannot defend itself from enemy threats. Another downside is the exposed and unarmoured cockpit, which does little to protect the pilot and the crew from small arms fire; even medium calibre weapons like the Mk200 or the Mk-I EMR can penetrate the windows.

One additional drawback of the Mi-290 is that it shares the same electronic signature flaws of CSAT's own Mi-48 Kajman attack helicopter. It is easy to detect on active radars as well as on infrared, meaning it can always be seen on both sensors at distances of 20% more than their default maximum ranges, which further compounds its survivability issues.

Crew Capacity
All variants always have at least three seats for the crew that consists of the pilot, co-pilot, and a loadmaster.


Baseline variant. Can slingload most (non-tracked) ground vehicles but otherwise has no unique capabilities.

Carries an ammunition supply container that can re-arm nearby land vehicles and grounded aircraft. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.

Carries an open-air bench that can seat up to eight passengers. All eight passenger seats can be fired from. Cannot slingload vehicles.

Carries a large container that can store supplies. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.

Carries a closed troop transport pod with a retractable ramp. It can seat up to fourteen passengers, two of which can fire out of the entrance. Cannot slingload vehicles.

Carries a large fuel tank that can refuel nearby land vehicles and grounded aircraft. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.

Medevac variant. It carries a closed passenger pod with enough benches for up to three wounded soldiers and one additional attendant/flight medic. Cannot slingload vehicles.

Carries a large container with spare parts, tools, and components that can repair nearby land vehicles and grounded aircraft. Cannot slingload vehicles and has the same amount of seats as the baseline variant.


  • Black: Pattern-less chrome black paint scheme.
  • Hex: Light tan/dark tan/dark green cell pattern camouflage.


Designed exclusively for transporting troops and cargo, the Mi-290 has only one type of sensor available:

Active Radar

The Mi-290 does not use an active radar as it completely unarmed.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor

The Mi-290 does not have the ability to detect targets visually or through IRST.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.

Laser Spot Tracker

The Mi-290 does not have the ability to lock onto laser marks or infrared strobes.


The Mi-290 has a maximum weight capacity of 13500 kg and is able to slingload and transport a variety of vehicles and equipment, including:

Object Name Mass
A-143 Buzzard 6700
Assault Boat/Rescue Boat 565
AWC Nyx 302 (AA) 4950
AWC Nyx 301 (AT)/304 (Autocannon) 4900
AWC Nyx 303 (Recon) 4820
Hatchback (all variants) 1090
HEMTT Transport 10942
HEMTT Transport (Covered) 11026
Hunter 8306
Armed Hunters (HMG/GMG) 8389
Ifrit 8392
Armed Ifrits (HMG/GMG) 8439
Kart 150
MB 4WD 1862
MB 4WD (AT) 1841
MB 4WD (LMG) 3997
MQ4A Greyhawk/K40 Ababil-3 3000
Offroad (AT) 1764
Offroad (HMG) 1739
Offroad/Offroad (Repair)/(Services) 1835
Prowler (all variants) 3413
Qilin (all variants except AT) 3924
Qilin (AT) 3907
Quadbike 280
Strider (all variants) 9700
SUV 1600
To-199 Neophron 11000
Van Transport/Van (Ambulance) 5015
Van (Cargo)/(Services) 5000
RHIB 5001
Speedboat HMG 9016
Speedboat Minigun 9002
SDV 2600
Truck 2400
Truck Boxer 2509
Truck Fuel 3200
UGV Stomper/UGV Saif (all variants) 4266
Zamak Ammo/Repair 13400
Zamak Medical 11500
Zamak Transport 10800
Zamak Transport (Covered) 11000

Equipment and supplies in the form of the following can also be lifted:

  • Taru containers/pods (including Fuel, Ammo, Repair, and Medical)
  • Cargo Container (Short, Military Green)
  • Supply boxes
  • Items in cargo nets, including the Cargo Net [CSAT], Cargo Net (Box), and Cargo Net (Barrels) pallets/crates, as well as Cargo Net (Sacks)

The Mi-290's lifting abilities greatly exceed the vehicle transport version of the Y-32. As such, the Mi-290 is the only CSAT vehicle that is able to airlift Ifrits (both armed and unarmed), SDVs, armed boats, and UGVs.

Once again, it should be noted that only the standard Mi-290 is able to slingload cargo. The Ammo, Bench, Cargo, Fuel, Medical, Repair, and Transport variants do not retain the ability to slingload any payloads since they already have pods affixed to their fuselage.

For personnel transportation, all Mi-290 variants that can slingload transportation pods can carry up to sixteen passengers, while the bench variant can carry up to eight passengers. The Mi-290 medical variant is able to transport one flight medic in a seat and has stretchers for up to three casualties in its pod.


  • The Taru appears to be based on a combination of two real-world airframes, the Sikorsky "CH-54 Tarhe" and the Kamov "Ka-226".
  • While it isn't a usable unit like the CH-67 Huron, the Mi-290 makes an appearance in ArmA: Mobile Ops where it serves as a non-controllable logistics helicopter that ferries resources to the player's Supply and Fuel Plants.
  • Prior to the release of the Tanks DLC, the Taru only had a maximum slingloading weight of 12000 kg which, while it allowed the Taru to carry the basic transporter versions of the Zamak family, prevented it from being able to airlift the heavier Ammo, Medical, and Repair variants.
    • This was later refactored with the release of Game Update 1.82 which increased its total capacity by 1500 kg and finally enabled it to lift the other variants of the Zamak truck (though it is still unable to lift both the Fuel and Water variants).
    • Meanwhile, its former weight limit of 12000 kg was transferred to the NATO CH-67 Huron instead.


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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration