02/28/2016. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Hip-G was a command relay platform version of the Mi-8, externally only recognizable by the two Chipstone 'hockey stick' and one mast antennas, and by the long strake antennas under the fuselage. The cabin was filled with communication equipment powered by an extra generator driven by an APU.
First flown in 1983, the type was used by the Soviet forces and eight were delivered to the East German LSK/NVA (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationale Volksarmee, National People's Army Air Force) of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, German Democratic Republic).
After the unification of East and West Germany in 1990, the pictured aircraft was assigned the serial 93+95, although most likely it was never applied on the aircraft. Withdrawn from use in 1993, it is presently in the museum 'Flugausstellung L.+P. Junior' at Hermeskeil, Germany."