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Rostec and AVIC aim to ink AHL helicopter program in 2017
July 26, 2017

Rostec and AVIC aim to ink AHL helicopter program in 2017

Rostec and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) are aiming to ink the program development contract for the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL) helicopter in 2017.

This was announced by Rostec’s Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy, Victor Kladov, at the 4th China-Russia Expo, which concluded on June 19th in Harbin, China.

Kladov confirmed that the AHL’s conceptual design work is complete.

According to Rostec’s press release, the AHL will have a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 38.2 tons, service ceiling of 5,700 m, maximum speed of 300 km/h and range of 630 km. The AHL will be capable of lifting 10 tons internally and 15 tons using an external sling.

Notes & Comments:

China’s interest in pursuing the AHL program is driven from the vital role the Mil Mi-26T-series had played in humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operations in China in 2008 and 2013.

The specifications and performance attributions of the AHL place it between the Boeing CH-47 Chinook (MTOW 22.6 tons) and Russian Helicopters Mil Mi-26T (56 tons). Today’s the heavy-lift helicopter market is split between the Chinook and Mi-26T, with the former wielding most users.

By leveraging China’s potential scale and existing industry infrastructure for helicopter manufacturing, the AHL could emerge as a competitive third option. As with the Airbus-AVIC Z-15, the AHL is primarily geared for civilian applications, such as HADR, medical evacuation and ferrying cargo.

The AHL would also contribute to China’s rise as a helicopter industry hub, not just for domestic vendors – such as Harbin and Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) – but foreign manufacturers as well. AVIC leading partners in this respect are Airbus Helicopters and Safran Group, which have collaborated with AVIC to develop the Z-15 (H175) helicopter and Ardiden 3 (WZ-16) turboshaft engine, respectively. Airbus Helicopters will also assemble H135 lightweight utility helicopters in Qingdao, China.

  • Qasim57

    Pakistan should definitely have heavy-lift capability, we’ve also had humanitarian disasters at high altitudes, and are also engaged in defending our country on the world’s highest battlefield.

    Maybe one or two less multi-billion dollar Metros and “orange train” projects, and a beefier defence, would help keep India from daydreaming and give us space to develop.

    • Headstrong

      You people already have the space to develop. Unfortunately, what you want is strategic space (depth) – and so, covet Afghanistan.

      • Qasim57

        India funds TTP, BLA, MQM terrorist organizations. Modi’s national security advisor Ajit Doval even brags about it.

        And impartial 3rd party sources like Chuck Hagel have also said India finances terror in Pak via Afghanistan.

        Its this Hindutva extremist mindset that is petty towards every minority in India, and every neighbor outside India.

        You just have to look at the sick-minded things they can say. From the platform of India’s most populous state’s Chief Minister, his people call for digging up graves and raping dead Muslim women. In any civilized country, these people would be put in prison for public hate speech. But not in india:
        http://indiatimes.com/news/india/yogi-adityanaths-men-telling-hindus-to-rape-dead-muslim-women-is-beyond-shocking-230679.html

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