Z-18A  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2016
Maiden Flight: December 2014
Total Production: ?
Origin: China
Corporations: AVICOPTER and Changhe Aircraft
Parent System: SA 321 Super Frelon
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1966
Maiden Flight: 7 December 1962
Total Production: 182
Family Members: AC313, SA 321 Super Frelon, Z-18F and Z-18J
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Description: The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Z-18 is a medium-weight helicopter derived from the state-of-the-art AC-313 VIP transport helicopter and developed by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) and Avicopter. It is powered by three WZ-6 turboshaft engines and the airframe is made of composite materials and titanium. The Z-18 rotorcraft maximum takeoff weight is 13.8 tons and features integrated avionics as well as the non-retractable landing gear from the Super Frelon helicopter family. The Z-18A is a military transport variant fitted with terrain avoidance radar and an electro-optical turret. It is intended to carry troops and material on behalf of the PLA as well as to conduct search and rescue missions flying at low altitude. The Z-18A can airlift the 4-ton AH-4 155mm lightweight towed howitzer. The PLA started testing the Z-18A helicopter in December 2014 as the replacement for the Z-8A aircraft.

Z-18A Specifications

Main Rotor Blades: 6
Number of Engines: 3
Tail Rotor Blades: 5
Performance
Ceiling: 8,000 meter (26,247 foot)
Weight
Max Takeoff Weight: 13,800 kilogram (30,423 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Operators & Related Equipment


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Artillery Systems
AH-4x1
Propulsion Systems
WZ-6x3
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