The agreement between Russia and China on the joint development of heavy helicopters AHL (Advanced Heavy Lifter) is almost ready, already 99% of all the articles of the document have been approved. This was stated to journalists by the Director of the Department of Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China GUI Zungu, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“I think we can expect the breakthrough to the full text of the Treaty,” he said.
We are talking about the framework agreement on cooperation, which is in the middle of 2015 it was decided following the meeting of President Vladimir Putin with the Chairman of the state Council of the PRC XI Jinping and signed between the holding company “Helicopters of Russia” and China aviation industry Corporation (AVIC).
The helicopter will be developed only for the Chinese market: Russia will transfer its technology, create technical proposal and develop a separate system, Chinese engineers, in turn, will be engaged in the development, testing, certification and serial production of the helicopter. Only until 2040 it is planned to produce more than 200 helicopters. The prototype, as previously told by the head of Department for international cooperation and regional policy of “Rostec” Viktor Kladov, will be developed by 2018.
According to “Kommersant”, the draft also will participate, the Ukrainian company “Motor Sich”, which will develop and supply engines for heavy helicopters.
It is planned that the takeoff weight of the new machine will be 38 tonnes, the maximum payload inside the cabin will be 10 tons, and on an external sling 15 so He will be able to clock work in a hot climate, in the highlands and in difficult weather conditions.