Tuesday, March 12, 2019

40-ton class heavy helicopter jointly developed by China, Russia to be delivered by 2032

via Global Times.
The 40-ton class heavy helicopter, jointly developed by China and Russia, is expected to be delivered by 2032, said Wu Ximing, a Chinese political advisor and chief designer of helicopters for the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

"Russia is more experienced in the transmission system when it comes to 40-ton class helicopters, as Russia's Mi-26 is of the 56-ton class. Our goal in the cooperation is to learn from Russia's strong points and close the gap," Wu told the Global Times at a Thursday press conference featuring Chinese legislators and political advisors in the field of aviation.

Wu said that China lacks experience in technologies related to the transmission system.

Russia's state corporation Rostec is set to sign "the contract of the century" with China on the helicopter "in the coming two months" after four years' talks on the project, Russia's Tass news agency quoted Viktor Kladov, a Rostec representative, as saying in February.

As a strategic cooperation project between the two countries, China has now reached agreements with Russia in technology, management and business-related fields, Wu said.

Under the contract, at least 200 heavy helicopters will be built in China, Kladov said in 2017, Russia's state TV channel RT reported then.

China is responsible for the helicopter's design and production and Russia would be acting as a technical partner, Kladov said.

The heavy helicopter, dubbed Advanced Heavy Lift, would have a weight-lift capability of 15 tons, a range of 630 kilometers and a top speed of 300 kilometers an hour, RT reported.

A heavy helicopter can usually be used to airlift heavy cargo and vehicles without the need of an airfield. For military use, a heavy helicopter can transport troops, armored vehicles, artillery and rockets. For civilian use, it can lift heavy engineering vehicles to sites where normal transportation routes could not reach in case of a natural disaster, military observers said.

China will have a complete helicopter family covering from 500-kilogram class to 40-ton class, to satisfy all kinds of needs, Wu said.
Everyone is all hot and bothered over the Arctic Ambulance Helicopter with the pusher blade that Russia is supposedly working on.

I could care less. 

This is the one to watch.

The size and lift capability of this helicopter tells us what we need to know. The Chinese are filling a gap in their tactical helicopter scheme.  This is the final piece of that well crafted puzzle.

Even worse.

The Russians are providing technical support.  Read that to mean they'll be furnishing engines, transmissions, rotor blades etc...So once again China makes a false leap into the future.  At least they're buying it this time but they're gonna make the leap.

On a bigger scale you do realize that once this is completed the Chinese will be able to take Taiwan with just airborne and air assault forces. 

No ships necessary.

That will be the ultimate in "surprise attacks". 

They assemble their forces in the interior, make a pitstop on the coast to refuel and then off to their objectives with a massive air armada to kill the Taiwanese while they're doing their morning PT.

Logistics.  Battlefield logistics to be precise.  These aircraft will have the reach to ferry in light vehicles, bullets/bandages/beans from the mainland and to ferry out wounded.

With this aircraft the planning to take Taiwan will be complete.  If I'm right and this is the final piece then they'll be able to take Taiwan before we even have clarity on what's going on.

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