Russia and China signed a contract for the creation of a heavy helicopter AC332 AHL


At the last international exhibition Airshow China 2021 in Zhuhai (PRC), a new draft layout and main technical characteristics of the future joint Russian-Chinese heavy helicopter AC332 (AHL project - Advanced Heavy Lifter) were presented. Communication between the functionaries of Russia and China has been going on since 2008, i.e. 13 years old, but now the creation of a rotary-wing aircraft is moving into a practical plane.


On November 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with the general director of Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec) Andrei Boginsky. The head of the helicopter-building holding informed the head of state about current issues and plans for the future.

In 2016, during your visit to Beijing, an intergovernmental agreement was signed. Intensive negotiations have been going on since 2008, and on June 25 of this year we signed a contract (according to AC332 - ed.)

- said Boginsky.

He clarified that the Russian side will be engaged in the development of a part of the advanced helicopter units: transmission, tail rotor, anti-icing system. The project will be completed for another 13 years.

A serious project that we can work on for a long time, including acquiring additional skills and competencies

- emphasized Boginsky.

We remind you that the contract for the creation of AC332 AHL Russian Helicopters and the Chinese Avicopter (subsidiary of AVIC) were agreed upon back in 2019, but the final approval procedure in Beijing was delayed. At the same time, at the aforementioned air show, which took place from September 28 to October 3, the Chinese side revealed certain characteristics of the helicopter.

The maximum take-off weight will be 38,2 tons, and the maximum speed will be 300 km / h. The range of the rotorcraft will be 630 km, and the service ceiling will be 5700 meters. Inside the fuselage, it will be possible to place a load weighing 10 tons, and on the external sling - 15 tons. The power plant will be represented by two D-136 engines from Motor Sich JSC (Ukraine).

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  1. bobba94 Offline bobba94
    bobba94 (Vladimir) 9 November 2021 21: 29
    +1
    Two great powers have signed a contract to build a helicopter. Everything would be fine, but the engines for this helicopter are made in a completely different country, and if this third country refuses to sell it, then these two great powers will find themselves in a rather stupid position.
  2. Oleg Gorshkov Offline Oleg Gorshkov
    Oleg Gorshkov (Oleg Gorshkov) 9 November 2021 22: 40
    +1
    What's not to like about the most reliable Mi-8 rotorcraft and its continuation Mi-26? Mi-8 flew in our village like a taxi, they brought any perishable by them. And once a new substation was brought on an external sling, so the Mi-26 could not put it in place, because next to the houses, the roofs began to blow off, he took her to the site behind the village and from there they dragged her with trailers for XNUMX hours.
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  4. Abakan Offline Abakan
    Abakan 10 November 2021 03: 49
    -3
    Quote: bobba94
    Two great powers have signed a contract to build a helicopter. Everything would be fine, but the engines for this helicopter are made in a completely different country, and if this third country refuses to sell it, then these two great powers will find themselves in a rather stupid position.

    maybe our Russian man Igor Sikorsky will send us some engines from Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion

    1. silver169 Offline silver169
      silver169 (Aristarkh Feliksovich) 10 November 2021 04: 33
      -4
      I doubt that Igor Ivanovich will be able to do this from the other world. Still, the engines are quite heavy.)))))))))))))))))) In addition, "our Russian man" was a Ukrainian by nationality.
      1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 10 November 2021 05: 09
        +5
        In addition, "our Russian man" was Ukrainian by nationality.

        And not a Pole? Born in the Russian Empire in the city of Kiev, why did he suddenly become a Ukrainian by nationality?
        Sikorsky - such a direct "Ukrainian" surname. laughing
        1. AICO Offline AICO
          AICO (Vyacheslav) 10 November 2021 08: 09
          +4
          And they all have Ukrainians - what's wrong with Chapaev !!! And the wheel invention is protected by the Zhmerinka patent office!
        2. silver169 Offline silver169
          silver169 (Aristarkh Feliksovich) 10 November 2021 11: 00
          -2
          It seems that in his biography Sikorsky himself indicated that he was Ukrainian by nationality. His surname, yes, rather Polish, but after all, a person with a Polish surname is not always a Pole. Our great compatriots Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and many others were Russian in spirit, regardless of their roots. By the way, in Ukraine, surnames ending in -sky are very common, especially in Western Ukraine. And in Belarus too. My wife, for example, has her maiden name Shchurovskaya, she is Belarusian by nationality.
          1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
            Marzhecki (Sergei) 10 November 2021 11: 10
            +1
            It's not about the spirit, but about belonging to an ethnic group. Well, it's just ridiculous to write an ethnic Pole citizen of the Russian Empire Sikorsky as Ukrainians.

            In Ukraine, surnames ending in -sky are very common, especially in Western Ukraine. And in Belarus too.

            Is it so surprising considering how many centuries these territories were part of the Commonwealth?
            1. silver169 Offline silver169
              silver169 (Aristarkh Feliksovich) 10 November 2021 11: 33
              -2
              Nobody forces you to record Sikorsky somewhere. Consider him whoever you see fit. It seems to me that Sikorsky himself, living in the Russian Empire, considered himself a deeply Russian person. However, in emigration, people sometimes change. Especially those who did not accept the Bolshevik coup and the destruction of the Great Empire.
              1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
                Marzhecki (Sergei) 10 November 2021 11: 53
                +1
                Wasn't the Empire destroyed by the white generals and the bourgeois elite, who themselves overthrew the tsar? Long before the "Bolshevik coup"?
                And yes, in emigration people change or, conversely, reveal their essence. As many white emigres did, who directly supported Hitler and fought against the USSR.
  5. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 10 November 2021 09: 32
    -2
    The power plant will be represented by two D-136 engines from Motor-Sich JSC (Ukraine).

    Or maybe it was so conceived? Let China copy Ukrainian engines
    1. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
      Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 11: 18
      +1
      And Russian engines will be installed on Russian helicopters. After all, it is no secret that the entire scientific school that created Ukrainian motors remained in Moscow as it was. The question of when Russia will make all types of helicopter engines to replace Motor Sich is a matter of time.
  6. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 10 November 2021 09: 46
    +1
    According to the description, it is a Chinese helicopter with some Russian and Ukrainian systems.

    Then he will copy them, and hello ...
  7. Abakan Offline Abakan
    Abakan 10 November 2021 09: 48
    -2
    Quote: silver169
    I doubt that Igor Ivanovich will be able to do this from the other world. Still, the engines are quite heavy.)))))))))))))))))) In addition, "our Russian man" was a Ukrainian by nationality.

    I'm sorry, I thought he was Russian, I didn't know that he was Ukrainian, I knew that Korolev was Ukrainian
    1. silver169 Offline silver169
      silver169 (Aristarkh Feliksovich) 10 November 2021 11: 05
      -2
      Korolev was Russian by his father, Ukrainian by his mother.
  8. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 10 November 2021 09: 51
    0
    Russia and China signed a contract for the creation of a heavy helicopter AC332 AHL

    - Ay, why should Russia be distracted by such undertakings ???
    - Russia needs to establish production of its helicopters "for real" ... - what for we need China here ...
    - Here ... - for money (not for candy yuan) and it is necessary to manufacture and sell helicopters to China ... - and why is it suddenly shared with China ... - some kind of "contracts" ...
    - China had a bummer with the Ukrainian Motor Sich ... - so he is trying to get to this Motor Sich through Russia ... - they say, Russia will break into a cake, but for China it will do everything ... e. Russia, in spite of everything, will nevertheless establish a business relationship with this "Motor Sich" ... - And as soon as Russia fulfills this ... - then China can simply "throw" Russia ... - then "squeeze" from Russia has all the preferences for the construction of helicopters ... - China for such things is a "master" ... - How many China has already "threw" Western firms ... - gaining access to what it did not have ... - China then he simply terminated agreements and agreements on joint cooperation ... - that's all ...
    - China "threw" Western firms and wanted to sneeze at them ... - and even obedient Russia - and will send it later ... and so on ...
    1. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
      Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 11: 20
      0
      But China never received the technology for the production of aircraft, helicopter, rocket engines from Russia.
      1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
        gorenina91 (Irina) 14 November 2021 12: 04
        -1
        But China never received the technology for the production of aircraft, helicopter, rocket engines from Russia.

        - Pfff ...
        - And what are all Chinese helicopters flying on today ... - licensed copies of Soviet engines - Ivchenko, Shvetsova, etc., etc.) - and all their planes, fighters, "J" and so on ... - what they fly on ... - these are licensed copies of the engines of Klimov, Mikulin, Tumansky, etc. ... - And where did they get the "licenses" ... - stole ... - Well, that's another topic ...
        - And Ukraine - this one in general - transferred to China all the technologies on Soviet Soyuz spacecraft, orbital spacesuits, space stations and even launch vehicles.
        - And today the Chinese fly beautifully and on their "copies" (they are not so durable, but you can fly) ... - And the "Chinese" suffer accidents almost more often than Russian fighters - on the contrary - Russian fighters even more often "crash "...
        Yes, and our today's "new" helicopter engines are not a fountain either (although they are trying to write "praise" about them) ...
        - Yes, it seems that the Chinese do not even strive to "make their own engine" - they seem to expect that Russia itself will soon "merge" both the technologies and the very production of these engines ... - together with Russian enterprises where all this is produced ... - so ... - why waste money - while it's easier and cheaper for them to buy a batch of engines and that's it ...