Z-18 Helicopter landed from China’s new aircraft carrier
- May 18, 2018
An advanced transport helicopter landed and took off from China’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier for the first time on 5 May.
The Z-18 helicopter took off from the warship in Dalian, Liaoning province then returned and landed five minutes later.
The Z-18 helicopter, developed by Changhe Aircraft Industries Group, can transport up to 4,000kg and accommodates 27 people. During a test flight in Tibet in 2015, it became the first large Chinese helicopter to fly at an altitude of more than 9,000 metres.
The helicopter is also used on the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier – a retrofitted Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov-class vessel that was declared combat ready in November 2016.