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Russia and China agreed to create a heavy transport helicopter Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL)
Russia and China have agreed to implement a project to create a joint Russian-Chinese heavy transport helicopter Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL), which may be equipped with an aircraft engine of the Zaporozhye Motor Sich company, the official Chinese newspaper Renmin Daily writes.
The work on the AHL project is based on the solutions incorporated in the Mi-26T design. "As far as we know, the Mi-26T uses a Ukrainian engine manufactured by Motor Sich. However, it is not yet known whether the current relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation will affect the project of the Russian-Chinese helicopter, nevertheless, a representative of Motor Sich recently also said that the Ukrainian company can provide a powerful engine that is better than the rest in this class, "the newspaper writes.
In this regard, the general director of the Russian Helicopters holding, Alexander Mikheev, noted that attracting new partners to the project is the prerogative of the customer, that is, the Chinese side, the newspaper notes.
Russia and China have agreed on the implementation of projects for helicopter and engine building, including in third countries, a cooperation agreement was concluded by the state corporation "Rostec" in the framework of the international aerospace show Airshow China-2014 in Zhuhai.