The Russia and China co-engineered heavy-lift helicopter has made its debut on Wednesday at the Tianjin International Helicopter Exhibition in China.
The helicopter is specially designed to suit China's geographical conditions. Further, it is capable of operating smoothly at high altitudes and temperatures, said Huang Chuanyue, deputy chief engineer with the helicopter division of the Aviation Industry Corp. of China.
It has a maximum cruising speed of 300 km/h, and the ability to take-off carrying 38.2 tonnes. Moreover, it can carry excavators, cargo containers and light tactical vehicles, Huang said.
China and Russia on May 8 signed a framework agreement agreeing to take the project to the next stage, which specified that all future models will be manufactured in China, Xinhua reported today.
These heavy-duty helicopters will be used in rescue and disaster missions, as well as maritime affairs, Huang said.