China, Rus­sia to co-de­velop heavy-lift he­li­copter

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China and Rus­sia are close to fi­nal­iz­ing an agree­ment to jointly de­velop a heavy-lift he­li­copter next year, ac­cord­ing to se­nior Chi­nese he­li­copter de­sign­ers.

“The pro­ject is pro­gress­ing smoothly, and we are dis­cussing with our Rus­sian coun­ter­parts terms and clauses in the agree­ment. The ne­go­ti­a­tions should con­clude be­fore the end of this year and the de­vel­op­ment will start next year,” said Wu Xim­ing, chief he­li­copter de­signer at Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China, at the Third China He­li­copter Expo, in Tian­jin.

The new he­li­copter’s pro­duc­tion will be based in China, he said, adding it will use the Ukraine-made Lotarev D-136 tur­boshaft en­gine at the ini­tial mass-pro­duc­tion stage.

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