Z-8 and Z-18 transport helicopter - family & versions


Deino

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Anyone with an idea, why these completely redesigned "Z-8s" are still called Z-8 - aka Z-8G and Z-8L - in PLA Army Aviation, whereas the naval variants got the new Z-18 designation?

Especially the latest wide-body variant really should no longer be designated Z-8.
 

Neutral Zone

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Anyone with an idea, why these completely redesigned "Z-8s" are still called Z-8 - aka Z-8G and Z-8L - in PLA Army Aviation, whereas the naval variants got the new Z-18 designation?

Especially the latest wide-body variant really should no longer be designated Z-8.
“Internal politics” or an attempt to confuse foreign intelligence perhaps? The Tu-22 and Tu-22M were completely different aircraft despite their similar names, maybe something similar is at play here?
 

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