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.
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 Height: 6.66 m (21.9 ft)
Overall Length: 23.05 m (75.6 ft)
Overall Width: 18.90 m (62.0 ft)