In the HAI Z-9 page in avia.russian.ee (History of Helicopters and Autogyros) website, it describes not only a new fighter, but a new 'Z-X' helicopter project. I havent found a thing about this yet. is it extremely secret?
Stingray said:In the HAI Z-9 page in avia.russian.ee (History of Helicopters and Autogyros) website, it describes not only a new fighter, but a new 'Z-X' helicopter project. I havent found a thing about this yet. is it extremely secret?
Stingray said:Wow. kinda makes me wonder if there were "Z-..." models before the Z-5 or maybe new ones after Z-15. I am still wondering about what the "Z-..." designation for that chinese version of the S-70 is.
HAMC is understood to be undertaking a design study for a new, twin-engined light helicopter in the 5,000 to 5,500kg (11,023 to 12,125 lb) weight class, possibly derived from the Z-9. It is not yet clear whether this work is related to the Z-10 programme described under the CHRDI heading, although this seems likely.
collins355 said:Sorry to rain on your parade, but neither of those helicopters is a Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter.
China's AC313 has first flight and secures launch customer
By Leithen Francis
Chinese state-owned helicopter-maker Avicopter has conducted the first flight of its AC313 helicopter, the largest the country has developed. This first flight of the 13.8t helicopter took place at Jingdezhen in eastern China's Jiangxi province.
The AC313, which can carry 27 passengers and has a maximum range of 900 kilometres, fills a gap in China's helicopter product line-up, says Avicopter.
It can be used for transport, cargo, search and rescue, fire-fighting, offshore exploration and medical evacuation missions, it adds.
After the first flight, AVIC I International Leasing signed a contract to purchase five AC313s. Flying Dragon Special Aviation then inked a deal to lease the helicopters and be the launch operator.
Avicopter plans to apply for certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China next year, and is hopeful of applying for EASA and FAA certification after that, says an Avicopter official.
China has also been in discussions with Russian Helicopters about developing a 20t heavy-lift helicopter.
Zhang Hongbiao, director of the AVIC's science and technology committee and former president of AVIC II, did several media interviews this month announcing that Avicopter wants to build a heavy-lift helicopter.
His remarks coincided with the annual sitting of China's parliament in Beijing, a time when many political figures lobby to get national support for projects.
ADVANCEDBOY said:The most important thing is that they are actually building new choppers, which will allow them to accumulate expertize and go forward. Studying endlessly concepts doesn`t give expertize, rollind down the sleeves and actually building things does. I think Asians will get very strong in aviation in next 30 years.
fightingirish said:Deino, you wrote a great article about the two new Chinese Attack Helicopters Z-10 and Z-19 in the latest issue (03/2011) of the German aviation magazine Flieger-Revue.