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Asia's largest helicopter to hit the market

By Tu Lufang (Beijing Daily)

16:18, January 09, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The 13-ton AC313 civilian helicopter, independently made by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, was licensed last week by Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The AC313 is expected to play a big role in rescue, forest fire prevention, transportation, offshore operation, medical aid, sightseeing and other public purposes.

Currently, the company has received a total of 32 orders and the first one is due in the third quarter.

The AC313, China's first self-made large civilian helicopter, achieves world-class level of the third generation of helicopters, confirming China’s comparability in large helicopter research and development with Europe, America and Russia.

Meanwhile, the AC313 is also China's first plateau helicopter, promising marked improvement in aviation emergency rescue capability.

China's geographical environment is so special that up to 25 percent of the country's total land area is plateau in the west, over 3,000 meters above sea level. The West Development and the national emergency rescue system cries out for plateau helicopters.


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Phum at 2012-01-15198.228.212.*
china has come a long way since the day when UK refused to sale high altitude helicopter to China after repeated request from the great premier Zhou Englai. Congratulations. You deserve it.

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