Compared to the Harbin Z-9 Haitun, the helicopter's WZ8A engines are uprated to 740-shp (551.818 kW); and the fenestron blades number 11 wider chord composite blades instead of 13 all-metal blades.  The aircraft featured the fuselage of the AS 365N and the larger tail assembly of the AS 365N2.  Maximum internal and external payloads are 1,900 kg and 1,600 kg, respectively. 

The Z-9A-100 received CAAC type certification in December 1992; as the Z-9B (completely indigenous-produced) the helicopter entered PLA service in 1994.


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)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 4.01 m 13.2 ft
Overall Length: 13.46 m 44.2 ft
Overall Width: 11.93 m 39.1 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 11.44 m 37.5 ft
Airframe Width:  
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Cruising Speed: 250-260 km/h; Max Range(with Auxiliary tank): 1,000 km; Max Speed: 305 km/h

Max Gross Weight (ground): 4,100 kg 9,039 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 4,100 kg 9,039 lb
Empty Weight: 2,050 kg 4,519 lb
Useful Load: 2,050 kg 4,519 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.500
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE: 2,600 m 8,530 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE: 1,600 m 5,249 ft
Max Level Flight Speed:  
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 4,500 m 14,764 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range:  
Max Endurance: 5 hrs 5 hrs

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 2
Designation: SAEC WZ8A turbine
Manufacturer: South Aero-engine Co.
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated:  
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 11.93 m 39.14 ft
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 4
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 111.78 m² 1203.3 ft²
Disc Loading: 36.68 kg/m² 7.512 lb/ft²
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

'Fan-in-fin' assembly for torque compensation/directional control. The blade chord is wider than the Harbin Z-9 Haitun's.

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 10
Blade Construction:  
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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