The Chinese army transport variant of the Changhe Z-8, this version uses different engines (Turboméca Makila 2A turboshafts).  The prototype, Z-8A-00, lacked the stabilising floats.  The helicopter received its design certificate in February 1999.

Further variations were derived from the Z-8A, including the:

Z-8K, which entered service with the Chinese Air Force in 2007;
Z-8KA, an improvement upon the Z-8K also in service with the Chinese Air Force;

Z-8S, an SAR variant of the Z-8A intended for the Chinese Navy that had its initial flight in December 2004.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: AĆ©rospatiale, Helicopter Division

Primary manufacturer: Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: Status unknown

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Height: 6.66 m (21.9 ft)

Overall Length: 23.05 m (75.6 ft)

Overall Width: 18.90 m (62.0 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 3

Engine designation: Turbomeca Makila 2A turbine

Engine manufacturer: Turbomeca

Max continuous power: 1395 kW (1870 hp)

Take-off / rated power: 1567 kW (2101 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

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