Z-18J Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2017 Maiden Flight: 2015 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-18F
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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-18J is an airborne early warning (AEW) variant equipped with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to detect and track airborne and surface targets.