CHINA Chinese aircraft manufacturer unveils new helicopter

CHINA

Chinese aircraft manufacturer unveils new helicopter

Xinhua

09:57, December 30, 2020

Photo shows a model of the new AC332 civil helicopter displayed at the launch site, Dec. 29, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the country's major aircraft manufacturer, unveiled a multi-purpose, civilian-use helicopter on Tuesday.

AC332 is an advanced dual-engine helicopter with a single rotor, skid landing gear and shell-shaped rear door, said Li Shengwei, chief designer of the model.

The helicopter, with a capacity of 10 passengers, can be used in various scenarios including emergency rescue, law enforcement, as well for high-altitude and offshore operations.

The design of AC332 has been completed and an integrated production line for riveting, assembly and flight test will be built in Tianjin, said Wang Qing, general manager of AVIC Helicopter Co., Ltd. in Tianjin.

AC332 is expected to make its maiden flight in 2022 and will be delivered in 2025, said Wang.

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