China’s helo shines
reports that China’s Avicopter and Russian Helicopters Holding are in discussions to build a 30 to 35 ton Mi-26-type helicopter. The partners aim to make a final decision by autumn according to The Voice of Russia. Some say that the Mi-26 is the heaviest and most powerful helicopter in the world. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 120,000 pounds and can carry up to 150 passengers. Equipped with a 105 feet eight-blade rotor powered by two turboshaft engines, it can fly at speeds of up to 180 mph. The Chinese government were impressed by the Mi-26 thanks to its role in relief efforts after a large earthquake in China in 2008.
Whether the helicopter will be military or commercial is still undecided. However, both partners are carving out their part in its development and production. Russia’s Helicopters Holding, is among the leading producers of heavy helicopters in the world.