Z-18F Initial Operational Capability (IOC): January 2018 Maiden Flight: 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-18A 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-18F is an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter first revealed on the flight deck of the PLA Navy (PLAN) Liaoning aircraft carrier in 2013-2014. The Z-18F helicopter is equipped with surface search radar, dipping sonar, hardpoints intended for torpedoes and/or anti-ship missiles, and sonobuoys.