The aircraft is intended for urgent transportation, delivery and airdropping of airborne troop forces and equipment, as well as may be adjusted for operation in mountainous areas and in hot weather conditions.
Loading of aircraft is carried out through rear fuselage cargo hatch equipped with general-purpose loading ramp that may be hinged downwards or retracted under fuselage. In transport version its capacity is 32 soldiers or 28 paratroopers, in ambulance variant - 24 stretcher cases. Aircraft may transport around 55 % nomenclature of equipment and cargoes of organic Armed Force sub-units being under transportation.
High thrust-of-weight ratio and mechanization of wing permit to use the aircraft on unpaved, grass, snow-covered and soaked airfields.