Based on the Harbin Z-5's airframe and rotor system, Z-6 development began in 1966 under the Harbin Aircraft Factory. The design work was later transferred to CHRDI in 1968. Its landing gear remained quadricyclic.
While the helicopter received approval in 1977, it never reached mass production. A total of eleven prototypes were built.
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift configuration: Single main rotor
Dedicated control device: Tail rotor
Crew required: 2
Crew seating: Side-by-side
Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)
Overall Height: 5.59 m (18.3 ft)
Overall Length: 20.96 m (68.8 ft)
Overall Width: 21.00 m (68.9 ft)
Max Gross Weight (ground): 7600 kg (16755 lb)
Max Range: 651 km (352 nm)