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China's first civilian helicopters to roll off production line next year
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16:33, December 29, 2008

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According to Xinhuanet.com, it is learned from the signing ceremony held in Beijing on December 28 marking the cooperation between the Hiller (China) Aircraft Manufacturing Company and the Shanxi Xinhaisheng Trade Company that China's first jointly-funded civilian helicopter production project is progressing smoothly, and the first batch of civilian helicopters will roll off the production line and be on the market by the end of 2009.

Xu Qingxiang, Chairman of the Board of Hiller (China) Aircraft Manufacturing Company, said at the ceremony that the Hiller (China) Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the joint venture between the Zhangjiakou Qahar General Aviation Company in Hebei Province and the US-based Hiller Aircraft Manufacturing Company, is the first civilian helicopter manufacturing joint venture in China.

Hiller (China) Aircraft Manufacturing Company was founded in 2007 with a total investment of US $80 million, 60% of which was financed by the Chinese. The joint venture will introduce the UH-12 series helicopter manufacturing project from the US-based Hiller.

The project is designed to manufacture 200 helicopters yearly with an annual output value of 2.6 billion yuan, and realized profits and taxes of 1 billion yuan.

Xu said the UH-12 series helicopters are the most economical helicopters with the most versatile function capabilities in the world to date. They can be broadly employed in various low-altitude missions, such as emergency rescues, disaster relief, airborne traffic control, offshore petroleum operations, forest protection, agricultural and forestry seeding, insect pest prevention and control, as well as, mineral exploration and mining.

The joint venture will assemble three types of light helicopter models with five specifications from the US Hiller UH-12E series in the initial stages of production, and then gradually produce helicopter accessories including empennages, fuselages and seats, as well as, gradually researching and developing patent technologies with independent intellectual property rights.

By People's Daily Online

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