China’s first domestically produced S-300C helicopter, manufactured by AVIC Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd., was delivered on December 20 to Huaxia Jiuzhou General Aviation, a helicopter firm controlled by CITIC Offshore Helicopter. The new helicopter will mainly be used for pilot training, low-altitude tourism and other fields, marking the successful entry of the domestically produced S-300C into the Chinese navigation market.
The S-300C helicopter is a one-ton light utility multi-purpose helicopter. The light utility series of helicopters is one of the most popular training helicopters in the world. It is cost effective, has long service life and reliable flight performance, and can be widely used in pilot training, mission training, agricultural and forestry spraying, aerial photography, police patrol and other fields.
AVIC Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd. was founded in 1969 and belongs to Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). It has reached the annual output of 50 S-300C helicopters in a single shift and 100 S-300C helicopters in two shifts, and is currently developing unmanned helicopters and heavy lift helicopters.
The company has the ability to develop and mass produce multi-variety, multi-series and multi-model helicopters and aviation product parts. It has formed an industrial pattern of “four poles” development including military aircraft, civil aircraft, international cooperation projects and navigation industry. Its products basically cover one-ton to 13-ton helicopter models, and its main products are the Changhe Z-8, Z-10, Z-11, AC310, AC311, AC313 and other series of helicopters. It has carried out deep subcontract cooperative production with well-known aviation enterprises in China and abroad, such as Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation of the United States, Boeing, Leonardo of Italy and COMAC.
Since 2006, AVIC Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation Ltd. has been the main subcontract cooperative manufacturer of S-300 series helicopters in China. Until 2017, in order to improve its product matrix, it signed an intellectual property cooperation agreement with Schweitzer RSG of the United States, officially started the localization of S-300 series helicopters, and successfully obtained a production license (PC certificate) issued by the CAAC in 2019.