Of the Z-5 helicopter family, the first selected for production was based on the Mil Mi-4, which was a Soviet helicopter first flown in 1952.  The body was of pod-and-boom construction.  China obtained the licence manufacturing rights in 1956 and selected Harbin to build it.  It was designated Z5 (Zhishengji - Vertical take-off aircraft, type 5). 


Production of the first line of produced Z-5 aircraft was stopped in 1960.  A new design was developed by March 1961, resulting in the second production of the aircraft.


Variations include the Assault, Aerial Minelaying, Xuanfeng commercial, VIP, agricultural, SAR, and survey versions.  All were single-turbine/single-main rotor with quadricycle landing gear.  The cabin permitted 12-16 troops or a load of 1,200-1,600 kg.  Maximum internal and external loads are 1,550 kg and 1,300 kg, respectively.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: OKB Mil

Primary manufacturer: Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation

Parent type: Mil Mi-4

Aircraft status: No longer flying


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 1-2

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Height: 4.40 m (14.4 ft)

Overall Length: 25.02 m (82.1 ft)

Overall Width: 21.00 m (68.9 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 1

Engine designation: HEF HS-7 turbine

Engine manufacturer: Harbin Engine Factory

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 7600 kg (16755 lb)

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