Friday, November 24, 2017

Testing helicopters, manned and unmanned, armed and unarmed on the Tibetan Plateau

First one mentioned in the news is the AV500W, an armed unmanned helicopter, developed for border patrol and light attack operations at altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level (note the 2 air to surface missiles in red)


China's unmanned helicopters pass high-plateau testing
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/23/c_136774705.htm
Source
    China Daily
Editor
    Li Jiayao

Time
    2017-11-24
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The AV500W conducts firing tests at an altitude of 4,300 meters in Qinghai province on Nov 18, 2017.

NANCHANG -- Three unmanned helicopters made test flights recently on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, authorities said Thursday. The AV500W conducted firing tests at an altitude of 4,300 meters in Qinghai province on Nov 18, according to Jiangxi provincial office of science, technology and industry for national defence.

At 4,600 meters above sea level, on Nov 9, XM20 multi-rotor drone took off and landed with a full payload.

The AV500 climbed to an altitude of 5,006 meters during tests on Oct 31, the maximum achieved by a domestically-made unmanned helicopter.

The three have applications in counter-terrorism, drug policing, border patrols, meteorology and mapping.

The aircraft were developed by a helicopter research and development institute in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, owned by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

The institute began work on unmanned helicopters in 2004.



Second helicopter mentioned is the improved civilian variant of the Z-9 light utility chopper, the improved E model of AC312.  9 were exported to Cambodia in 2012







China-developed AC312E helicopter completes plateau tests

http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/view/2017-11/23/content_7838949.htm
    China Daily
Editor
    Li Jiayao

Time: 2017-11-23
AC312E, the first light twin-engine civil helicopter developed in China, takes a plateau test flight in Lijiang, Southwest China's Yunnan province, Nov 20, 2017.

AC312E, the first light twin-engine civil helicopter ever developed in China, completed all plateau test flights Tuesday at Ninglang Luguhu Airport, a commercial airport that sits at an altitude of 3,293 meters in Southwest China's Yunnan province, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The helicopter, which made its maiden flight July 2016, was developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

It can carry nine passengers, with a maximum takeoff weight of 4.25 metric tons and a maximum payload of 1.7 tons.

On the Tibetan Plateau, where the natural and geographical features are complex, AC312E has reached 6,300 meters above sea level.

In addition, taking off at an airport at an altitude of 4,500 meters and cruising at an altitude of 5,000 meters, the aircraft has reached a range of 500 kilometers with a 500-kilogram payload.

"Installed with world-class Arriel 2H heli-engines, AC312E has shown good performance in the plateau environment. Under the same conditions, it is superior to competitors in effective payload, range and endurance and it has more possibilities in space modification and higher transport efficiency," Li Shengwei, deputy chief designer of the aircraft, said.

To meet individual client demands, the helicopter can be expanded to four specialist models for emergency medical services, search and rescue, business transport and law enforcement.

Last November, the first order for the AC312E came from the China Aero Geophysical Survey and Remote Sensing Center.

The Tibet Development and Investment Group signed an intention agreement to buy four AC312E helicopters this September.

Gu Haicheng, vice-general manager of AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, told CZTV website that the AC312E is expected to get an airworthiness certificate and be put on the market in 2018.

Rabi Sankar Bosu, secretary of New Horizon Radio Listeners' Club, said China's helicopter industry has been on a steady rise over the last decade and the market value is expected to reach 1 trillion yuan ($147.2 billion), according to the China Radio International website.






Saturday, January 21, 2012


12 AC312 (Civilian Z-9) to Cambodia

Marking it the single largest PRC helicopter export to date. 

人民日报北京1月20日电(记者白天亮)亚洲最大吨位的直升机、可以飞越青藏高原8000米高度、使中国和欧美俄一样具备自主研制大型直升机的能力——今年1月5日,中国航空工业集团公司研制的AC313大型民用直升机获颁型号许可证。“这是对我们自主创新谋跨越最好的新年礼物!”中航工业上下激动万分。

自2008年底重组整合以来,中航工业坚持以自主创新提升企业核心竞争力,收获了一份亮丽的成绩单,实现了多个型号的首飞、鉴定和定型,极大缩短了与世界航空工业强国的差距,让世界震惊。一批具有世界先进水平的航空武器研制成功并出口,表明我国跻身世界少数几个能系列化、多谱系自主研制具有国际先进水平航空武器装备的国家之列。在新中国成立60周年的国庆阅兵中,空中梯队151架飞机全部由中航工业生产,为国防和军队现代化建设做出了重大贡献。

军品强,民品也要优。中航工业加大了研发力度,科技创新取得新成效。飞机总体技术、民用飞机发动机总体技术、民机复合材料应用等68项民机关键技术项目科研立项。基础科研、基础产品创新、军品配套技术、引进消化再创新等政府科研项目取得一大批科研成果。在2011年,中航工业共有3项成果荣获国家科技进步奖,完成专利申报3492项,同比增长20%,发明专利授权519项,同比增长30%。

在中航工业的努力下,我国民用飞机产业取得突破式发展。2011年,MA飞机新签销售合同23架,累计订单已近200架,MA60飞机国外用户覆盖亚非拉美10个国家。直升机销售快速增长,累计交付22架,特别是向柬埔寨销售12架AC312直升机,创批量出口新高。“新舟”700飞机完成前期研究,进入国家立项。全力支持国产大飞机研制,C919大型客机实现零件开工,系统设备对外合作全面展开,C919发动机验证机总体方案通过专家评审。

民机发展要立足全球。中航工业积极“走出去”,成功并购美国西锐公司、大陆航空发动机公司,收购奥地利FACC、日本NEC的TFT,收购德国洪堡股权成为大股东,使我国高端通用飞机、先进活塞发动机的研发制造能力显著增强,实现了全产业链、全价值链发展。

军工企业也要力争多创造利润。中航工业在加大创新、开拓市场的同时,千方百计加强管理、压缩成本,企业经营业绩不断提升。2011年,中航工业实现营业收入2581亿元,同比增长23%;利润122亿元,同比增长18.8%;资产总额5250亿元。中航工业自重组以来,连续3年进入世界500强,排名从426位上升到2011年的310位,在国务院中央企业经营业绩考核中连续获得A级,被评为“业绩优秀企业”。中航工业集团总经理林左鸣预测,2012年有望全年实现营业收入3000亿元,再上新台阶。

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Photos of the day: China Air force (PLAF) in South China Sea

Once again the PLAAF is training in South China Sea, an area of operations (AO) traditionally reserved to the Naval Air force (PLAN-AF).  It is clear - for sometime now - that in time of a South China Sea crisis, the OpForce will have to deal with both Chinese air arms operating in a coordinated manner.


Photos from the Nov 24th drill that are missing from the Reuters report below:






     China air force again flies round Taiwan, over South China Sea

Reuters Staff
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence-taiwan/china-air-force-again-flies-round-taiwan-over-south-china-sea-idUSKBN1DN12K


BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s air force has again flown bombers and other warplanes through two strategic channels near Taiwan and also over the disputed South China Sea during training drills, state media said on Thursday.

Numerous H-6K bombers and other jets recently flew through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines and the Miyako Strait in Japan’s south, and also over the South China Sea on a “combat patrol”, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke.

Shen did not say when the drills began but said all planes had finished their patrols on Thursday, which were intended to “improve maritime real combat capabilities and forge the forces’ battle methods”.

China has been increasingly asserting itself in territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. It is also worried about Taiwan, run by a government China fears is intent on independence.

Beijing has never ruled out the use of force to bring proudly democratic Taiwan under its control, and has warned that any moves towards formal independence could prompt an armed response.

China is in the midst of an ambitious military modernization program that includes building aircraft carriers and developing stealth fighters to give it the ability to project power far from its shores.

Taiwan is well armed, mostly with U.S. weaponry, but has been pressing Washington to sell it more high-tech equipment to better deter China.



Saturday, February 25, 2017


H-6K going ole school.

H-6K, China's only long-range strategic bomber is better known for carrying six CJ-10A cruise missiles geared for long-range and stand-off attacks.  It also made news recently for its "routine" drills over the West Pacific.   What is being overlooked here is its ole-school, iron bomb payload --  increased by the pair of Soloviev D-30 turbofans and extra fuel capacity -- it's 9-ton can of whoop ass can make short work of any "new structure" in the South China Sea.

6x6=36!



Case-in-point:  Cavite, Luzon Island, Philippines after being bombed by American B-24 Liberators, January 1945 
Before and After


CCTV capture of the day: Another "routine" drill over the West Pacific, this time with more than 40 birds

It seems another "routine package" of H-6K with KD-20/DF-10K long-range cruise missiles,  KJ-2000 Mainring AWAC and, Il-78 tankers and Su-30MKK heavy fighters. 




China Air Force Conducts West Pacific Drill, Patrols ADIZ

Source
    Xinhua
Editor
    Dong Zhaohui

Time
    2016-09-25



NANJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Air Force on Sunday sent more than 40 aircraft of various types to the West Pacific, via the Miyako Strait, for a routine drill on the high seas, a spokesperson said.

Shen Jinke, spokesperson of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said the fleet, including H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters, and air tankers, conducted reconnaissance and early warning, attacks on sea surface targets, and in-flight refueling to test the Air Force's fighting capacity on the high seas.

Bombers and fighters of the PLA Air Force also conducted routine patrol in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the spokesperson said at an east China airport.

Shen said routine drills in the West Pacific and patrols in the East China Sea ADIZ are conducted "in accordance with the needs of the Air Force to defend national sovereignty and security, as well as to maintain peaceful development."

Since the East China Sea ADIZ was set up nearly three years ago, the Air Force has kept regular patrols.

The Air Force will continue patrolling in the East China Sea ADIZ to uphold the legitimate rights and interests of China. It will keep conducting various training to improve its combat capacity, Shen said.














Monday, March 30, 2015


H-6K conducted its first long-range maritime strike exercise in the West Pacific

PLA Air Force conducts first training in West Pacific


(Source: China Military Online)   2015-03-30

  BEIJING, March 30 (ChinaMil) -- In order to promote its maneuvering combat capability, the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) for the first time organized its aviation troops to go to the airspace above the West Pacific Ocean to carry out military training, Shen Jinke, spokesman of the PLA Air Force, said in south China’s Guangzhou province on March 30, 2015.

  The warplanes of the PLA Air Force flew to the West Pacific for training via the Bashi Channel on March 30 and returned on the same day after finishing the training and achieving the given goal, according to Shen.

  Training in the airspace far from China is an effective way for the PLA Air Force to temper its combat capability and also a common practice of world powers' air forces, Col. Shen said.

  Shen said that the military training in the airspace above the Western Pacific by the PLA Air Force is a routine arrangement of the annual training plan for the PLA Air Force and also a normal requirement of China's national defense construction.

  Shen pointed out that this training by the PLA Air Force complies with relevant international laws and practices, is not aimed at any country or target and poses no threat to any country or region.









Monday, January 05, 2015


Photo of the day: The aggressor H-6K practicing a low-level penetration bomb run against a PLAAF anti-defense brigade during a confrontational drill

The newsworthy of this picture is not the low-level penetration bomb run -- which the K model is primarily designed to perform -- rather the serial number of 11193 confirming that the PLAAF 8th Bomber Division now has at least 14 H-6K (god of war) model in its orbat.



The other H-6K unit is the PLAAF 10th bomber division

 


Sunday, November 17, 2013


PLAAF "in the news" of the day: H-6K, god-of-war (small g)

 H-6K bombers delivered to PLA Air Force

By Chen Boyuan
     China.org.cn, June 22, 2013

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-06/22/content_29197824.htm

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force recently received 15 H-6K bombers with nuclear capabilities, according to British military digest Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The H-6K, an updated version of the H-6 bomber, is a medium-sized craft designed for long-range attacks, stand-off attacks and large-area air patrol. Unlike its predecessor, the H-6K can carry cruise missiles under its wings. The H6-K also maneuvers more deftly than the H-6 and requires a smaller crew to operate. Jane’s Defence was the first media outlet to confirm that the H6-K had formally entered active service.

The most visible departure from the H-6 is the H6-K’s nose, where a nose randome has replaced a navigation cabin. Military expert Fu Qianshao said that the H6-K’s nose should greatly improve avionics, search and detection, navigation, fire control and weapon precision.

Fu said that the H-6K has a larger engine inlet than does the H-6, which may mean that the newer bomber’s engines have greater thrust. If so, the H-6K would also have a greater maximum takeoff weight and payload than the H-6. A more favorable weight-to-thrust ratio would improve fuel efficiency and lengthen cruising range, Fu said.

H-6K reportedly has a combat radius of 3,500 KM. The nuclear-capable Changjian (long sword)-10 cruise missiles it carries have a range of 1,500-2,000 KM, effectively extending the bomber’s combat range to 4,000-5,000 KM - long enough to reach Okinawa, Guam and even Hawaii from China’s mainland.

Analysts stipulated that PLA Air Force missiles be able to reach Taiwan, southwestern Japan and Guam, a range of control that requires a 3,000-KM combat radius and powerful attack capability. Only the combined combat radii of the H6-K and Changjian-10 currently satisfy the length requirement.



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cool Pictures of PLA's Infantry Support Weapons and Their Warheads.

Not your father's RPG:

There is lack of media coverage on PLA's infantry support weapons in the West outside of a few video games; since they are an important component of PLA's TOE and it just happened that the PLA Daily has a bunch of cool photos of them.  It is time to take a look.

A front-line PLA infantry platoon is now armed by three different rockets, PF97, PF08 and PF98A.  This has been so since the 2000s.    PF97 and PF08 are both 80mm one-shot-wonders.  PF97 weighting in about 8.15 lb including the warhead - meant for anti-personnel and anti-tank roles - is issued to infantry fire team.   The 16.7 lb PF08 with its breaching warhead maximized against bunkers and light fortifications is found at weapon platoon.

The 120mm "Queen Bee" PF98A, weighting in 22lb and a crew of 2, is now issued to infantry squad. A fire-control (laser rangefinder plus ballistics computer) variant is found at company level.  

 Nice shot of PF08's bunker breaching round


 PF08 AKA DZJ08




PF97 with its extended thermometric round.  The HEAT and Tandem HEAT variant are not shown here









PF-98A 120mm with its anti-armor HEAT round inflight. Penetration is rated at 800mm against harden steel
 
Notice the disposable canister behind the launch tube

Saturday, September 02, 2017


A first look: PLA's new 9-man "ZBL09" infantry squad (twitted by the PLA Daily)

- The IFV driver (fourth from the left) and gunner (fourth from the right) are armed only with QSZ92 5.8x21mm pistol, their jobs are to man the IFV and its 30mm/HQ73C ATGM turret.

-  A two-man PF98A 120mm rocket team (first and second from the right), they also carry QSZ92 as their sidearm

- QBB95 squad automatic weapon operator is the second one from the left.  He is a private

- The squad leader (corporal, right in the middle) is supported by his second fire-team leader (third from the right).  He also leads the first fire-team

- STAR TREK “Red Shirts" are the two on the left.