Z-20 utility helicopter

Chinese Helicopter Lands on HMS Cornwall MOD 45150752. Chinese military utility helicopter with civilian variants. The first Z-9 flew in 1981, and z-20 utility helicopter built in China from components supplied by Aérospatiale as part of a production patent bought on 15 October 1980.

The Z-9B features 11-blade Fenestron faired-in tail rotor with wider-chord, all-composite blades replacing the 13-blade in AS 365N. As a light tactical troop transport, the Z-9 has the capacity to transport 10 fully armed soldiers. Generally the Z-9 is identical to the AS 365N Dauphin, though later variants of the Z-9 incorporate more composite materials to increase structural strength and lower radar signature. An armed variant has been fielded by the PLA since the early 1990s as the WZ-9 or Z-9W, with pylons fitted for anti-tank missiles. The naval version introduced in the 1990s is known as the Z-9C. As well as SAR and ASW duties, the Z-9C can be fitted with an X-band KLC-1 surface search radar to detect surface targets beyond the range of shipborne radar systems.

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Z-9 Chinese license produce of the French AS. Z-9A Chinese kit-built version of the AS. Z-9A-100 Prototypes for domestic market versions with WZ8A engines. First flight 16 January 1992, approved 30 December 1992.

Z-9WA A newer night-capable version has been built with nose-mounted FLIR. July 2011, Xinhua News Agency released a photo of Z-9WA firing ADK10 air-to-ground missile. Pylons for rockets, gun pods, ET52 torpedo, HJ-8 anti-tank missiles, or TY-90 air-to-air missiles. On 14 July 2014, Cambodian Air Force’s Z-9 crashed into a flooded quarry in the southwest of Phnom Penh, during a military training. This accident caused 4 deaths and 1 serious injury.

Investigation has begun as the helicopter has been taken out of water. Officials claimed that there was no technical issue before its take off. Designations of Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft and Missiles”. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Archived from the original on 30 December 2006.