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Harbin Aircraft Z-19 E, export version by AVIC

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The aircraft is displayed with a wide range of armament: KD-9 air-to-ground missiles, 57 mm rockets, TY-90 air-to-air missiles, and a 23 mm machine gun pod. 90 mm rockets are displayed on the side. However, considering the heavy rocket launcher, it may not be possible for the Z-19E to fly with both the 90 mm rockets and the anti-tank missile launcher.

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The rotor head is highly inspired from the Eurocopter Star Flex design, as seen for example on the Ecureuil and Dauphin.

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The rocket launcher is equipped with a protection to deviate the blast from the rocket motors.

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The picture below displays the fenestron as inherited from the Dauphin of the former french company Aérospatiale, now Airbus Helicopters. This design doesn’t feature the stator seen on the EC135. Furthermore, the angle between the blades remains constant, unlike the method commonly in use to reduce the perceived noise level.

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Left-hand side of the fenestron inherited from the Dauphin

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Right-hand side of the fenestron inherited from the Dauphin. NATO 0.156 is the reference of a lubricant oil

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The twin air-to-air missile would be TY-90, and the machine gun pod a 23 mm calibre.

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The missile are believed to be KD-9 laser guided anti tank missiles, in the same class as the Hellfire.

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The Z-19E is equipped with the same weapon fixture as ATE installed on the Mi-24 Mk 3 Super Hind (seen here with Denel Ingwe missiles), and already installed on the WZ-10.

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ATE Super Hind Mk 3 weapon fixture

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Infrared formation position light

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Strobe light

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The IFF antenna displayed below is similar to that of the Z-20 (look-alike of the american Black Hawk) as explained on chinese-military-aviation.blogspot.com.

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IFF antenna

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Electro Optical Sight

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Source: mil.huanqiu.com via defence-blog.com and en.people.cn

Apr 242015
 
Taking off for the long journey

End of 2013, Airbus Helicopters delivered a H225 (formerly EC225) to the Chinese company COHC. The following movies tell the adventure.

Temporarily designated F-WWOA, later B-7151, the french helicopter was conveyed to China by Jean-Charles (pilot), Gérard (pilot) and Marc (mechanic) via Greece, Oman and India.

Spoiler: the flight ends well. At 11:00 a.m. on November 20, an EC225 LP helicopter of China’s CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC), registration number B-7151, arrived at Shenzhen Nantou Helicopter Airport from Macau, which is the 3rd EC225 introduced by COHC this year.

All pictures are extract from the movies, copyright Airbus Helicopters

Part 1: From Marignane to Greece and Crete

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Marignane-Iraklion, EC225 Airbus Helicopters

They took off November 6th in the early morning, LFML (Marseille, France), good weather. Cruise ground speed: 166 kt, slightly more than 300 km/h.
In this part, you will enjoy views of the Mediterranean coast, how you prepare the mooring of the aircraft for the night, and what internal auxiliary fuel tanks look like.

When you buy a helicopter, you can generally have 3 possibilities to get it delivered:

  • by plane, usually an Antonov 124, which is quick and the helicopter arrives almost ready to fly, but expensive
  • by ship, much cheaper than by plane, but very long
  • by conveying, where the helicopter flies from the manufacturing plant in Marignane to the location of the customer

 Part 2: From Crete to Oman

Landing in Riyadh, EC225 by night

Landing in Riyadh, EC225 by night

After-flight inspection by night, EC225

After-flight inspection by night, EC225

Via Egypt and Saudi Arabia, you will discover the maritime arabian oil fields, how to park in a tight spot, and the importance of the last inspection of the aircraft at the end of the day.

 Part 3: From Oman to India

When your aircraft spends the night alone without any surveillance, you want to make sure that nobody entered your aircraft.

With the weather radar in search mode, you will see not only the coast, but also ships and other obstacles.

Muscat to Ahmedabad

Muscat to Ahmedabad

radar in search mode, EC225

radar in search mode, EC225

Ahmedabad to Kolkata

Ahmedabad to Kolkata

EC225 after 7 hours flight

EC225 after 7 hours flight

After the flight, you need to refuel, organize the electric power generator for the night, check in at the customs, find your hotel!

here is the power generator - India is exotic! ;)

here comes the power generator – India is exotic! 😉

preparing for take-off in Kolkata

preparing for take-off in Kolkata

Next in Burma!

Dec 302013
 

you will recognize:

http://www.blueskyrotor.com/performance/datasheet/Changhe__Aircraft/WZ_10-WZ_10-SAEC
http://www.blueskyrotor.com/performance/datasheet/Harbin__Aircraft/Haitun-Z_9-W
http://www.blueskyrotor.com/performance/datasheet/AviCopter/AC313-AC313

and some Mi-8/Mi-17

from http://sobchak.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/video-chinese-army-aviation-was-apocalypse-now-ha-fatto-scuola/