China Changhe Z-18 Medium Transport Helicopter

The Z-18 is a new Chinese military transport helicopter. It was developed by Changhe Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG). It evolved from a civilian Avicopter AC313 (Harbin Z-8) which in turn is a license-produces version of the Aerospatiale SA321 Super Frelon. The new helicopter was first publicly exposed in 2014. Chinese call this helicopter the White Heron. The Z-18 is already in service with Chinese military and it seems that it is being produced in large numbers. It will gradually replace older Z-8 helicopters.

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