Licensed to produce Aéropatiale's SA 365N Dauphin II helicopter on 2 July 1980, the Chinese government approved the license in October and tasked the Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Company (HAMC) and SAEC at Zhuzhou with production of the airframe and engine, respectively.  The twin-engined helicopter has retractable tricycle landing gear and a flight crew of one; the maximum passenger capacity is nine.  Maximum internal and external payloads are 2,038 kg and 1,600 kg, respectively.

In China the helicopter was redesignated Z-9 Haitun and the engine (Turboméca Arriel IC1) as the WZ8A.  The Harbine Engine Factory (HEF) manufactured the drive train; rotor blades were subcontracted to Baoding Propeller Factory.  The first 28 helicopters were assembled with French manufactured CKD kits. 


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Aérospatiale, Helicopter Division

Primary manufacturer: Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation

Parent type: Aérospatiale Z-9

Aircraft status: Status unknown


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Fenestron/Shrouded tail rotor

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Height: 4.01 m (13.2 ft)

Overall Length: 13.46 m (44.2 ft)

Overall Width: 11.93 m (39.1 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 2

Engine designation: SAEC WZ8A turbine

Engine manufacturer: South Aero-engine Co.

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 3850 kg (8488 lb)

Max Range: 860 km (464 nm)

Max Endurance: 5.0 hrs (5.0 hrs)

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