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by78

Lieutenant General
A few more newly released photos of AG600.

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AF-1

Junior Member
Registered Member
Can somebody makes clear about those 2 variants please? Are both variants going to be developed? First for transport, and this new one for firefighting? Or the first design is dropped and new one will be for both transport and firefighting?
 

by78

Lieutenant General
AC352, also known as Z-15, has been awarded an official approval certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It is now cleared to enter service.

AC352 is equipped with WZ-16 turboshafts jointly developed with Safran of France. The take-off weight is 7.5 tons, the maximum range is 850 kilometers, and it can carry 16 passengers. It features a 4-axis digital automatic flight control system, advanced glass cockpit, and highly integrated avionics. Rotors and fuselage have a lifespan of 20,000 hours. MTBO for the engines and transmission is around 5,000 hours.

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by78

Lieutenant General
AC352, also known as Z-15, has been awarded an official approval certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It is now cleared to enter service.

AC352 is equipped with WZ-16 turboshafts jointly developed with Safran of France. The take-off weight is 7.5 tons, the maximum range is 850 kilometers, and it can carry 16 passengers. It features a 4-axis digital automatic flight control system, advanced glass cockpit, and highly integrated avionics. Rotors and fuselage have a lifespan of 20,000 hours. MTBO for the engines and transmission is around 5,000 hours.

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A minor clarification: the 7.5-ton take-off weight is the maximum take-off weight.
 

The Observer

Junior Member
Registered Member
AC352, also known as Z-15, has been awarded an official approval certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It is now cleared to enter service.

AC352 is equipped with WZ-16 turboshafts jointly developed with Safran of France. The take-off weight is 7.5 tons, the maximum range is 850 kilometers, and it can carry 16 passengers. It features a 4-axis digital automatic flight control system, advanced glass cockpit, and highly integrated avionics. Rotors and fuselage have a lifespan of 20,000 hours. MTBO for the engines and transmission is around 5,000 hours.

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Will an ASW version of this helicopter be developed to replace Z-9 on frigates/Destroyers with a short landing pad, or PLAN just go to Z-20 instead?
 

by78

Lieutenant General
Will an ASW version of this helicopter be developed to replace Z-9 on frigates/Destroyers with a short landing pad, or PLAN just go to Z-20 instead?

This will likely remain a civilian only helicopter. I'm not saying it's impossible from a technical point of view, but it doesn't look like it's in the cards. Z-20 is far more suited for that role and is completely indigenous.
 

tphuang

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COMAC's ARJ21 Just Carried Its 5 Millionth Passenger​

As an OTT airlines flight MU5264, operated using COMAC's ARJ21, landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) on Jul 12th, the ARJ21 reached an important milestone. The Chinese-built regional jet has now transported 5 million passengers since it was put into commercial operation in 2016.

ARJ21 production capacity, orders, and deliveries

It is publicly reported for the first time that COMAC has already manufactured 100 ARJ21 aircraft to date, according to Xinhua's news report. COMAC delivered its 67th and 68th ARJ21 to Chengdu Airlines and China Southern at the end of last month. So there are at least 32 ARJ21 that already rolled off the final assembly line (FAL), waiting to be delivered.

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Despite not being FAA certified this plane is probably safer than the original Boeing 737 MAX which was certified by the FAA. This raises the question of whether the FAA is imposing a politically motivated denial on the ARJ21.

Don't have any hope on this aircraft. It's a very old piece of technology that's not competitive into today's airlines industry. If you want to pass FAA certification. There is a procedure for that. It's up to FAA and CAAC to work that out.
 

ZeEa5KPul

Major
Registered Member
AC352, also known as Z-15, has been awarded an official approval certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. It is now cleared to enter service.

AC352 is equipped with WZ-16 turboshafts jointly developed with Safran of France. The take-off weight is 7.5 tons, the maximum range is 850 kilometers, and it can carry 16 passengers. It features a 4-axis digital automatic flight control system, advanced glass cockpit, and highly integrated avionics. Rotors and fuselage have a lifespan of 20,000 hours. MTBO for the engines and transmission is around 5,000 hours.

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When you say "jointly" developed with Safran, how jointly? Can China build the entire engine on its own? How does its MTBO compare to other engines in its class? And can that figure be taken as a proxy for indigenous Chinese turboshafts like WZ-10 and WZ-9?
 

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