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31 octobre 2015 6 31 /10 /octobre /2015 08:35
Z-11WB light utility helicopter -  Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)

Z-11WB light utility helicopter - Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)

 

October 23, 2015: Strategy Page

 

China, noting the success of the American MH-6 "Little Bird" light transport helicopter has developed a similar model (Z-11WB) for its own commandos. China noted that in a place like Afghanistan the small AH-6 is, armed with half a ton of weapons (usually a 7.62mm/12.7mm/30mm machine-gun and guided missiles), was particularly effective. Both AH-6 and MH-6 are military versions of the civilian MD-500. The MH-6 weighs up to two tons and can carry six commandos, who sit outside on the skids. The MH-6 is small, and has a range of about 500 kilometers. The MH-6 has an extensive array of electronics on board, making it capable of operating at night and in any weather. The AH-6 replaced the six commandos with weapons and fire control systems.

 

The Chinese Z-11WB is based on the commercial AC311. This model is based on the Eurocopter AS350. Both the AC311 and AS350 are 2.2 ton single engine helicopters that can carry a pilot and six passengers. The AC311 is actually a civilian version of the Z-11, which first appeared in 1994 and is basically the same as the AC311 and AS350. The Z-11WB has a targeting pod under the front with an auto cannon and the ability to carry two or more guided missiles. Even with this the Z-11WB still has space for passengers, which would be commandos carried on missions where the missiles could be left behind. The Z-11 and Z-11 WB both carry a max load of 577 kg and can stay in the air about three hours per sortie. Max speed is 278 kilometers an hour and max altitude is 5,200 meters (17,000 feet).

 

China already has a light attack helicopter; the Z-19. This is a heavily armed scout helicopter, a 4.5 ton, two seater armed with a 23mm autocannon and up to half a ton of munitions (missiles, usually). But the Z-19 cannot carry passengers, while the Z-11WB can.

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16 octobre 2015 5 16 /10 /octobre /2015 07:35
Le J-31 chinois en lice pour l’exportation ?


14.10.2015 par Info-Aviation
 

Le groupe chinois AVIC a officiellement dévoilé les spécifications de son avion de combat furtif J-31. Cette annonce ouvre implicitement la voie aux contrats d’exportation bien que les travaux de conception ne soient pas encore terminés (source : China Daily).

 

L’avion est développé par Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (filiale d’AVIC) depuis 2010 pour la supériorité aérienne et l’attaque au sol en réponse au F-35 américain. Il a effectué son premier vol le 31 octobre 2012.

Le J-31 sera capable d’effectuer des vols à une altitude de 16.000 mètres, atteindre une vitesse de 2.200 km/h et emporter jusqu’à 8 tonnes de munitions. Son rayon d’action s’étend à 1.200 km, et la durée de vie s’établit à 30 ans.

À titre de comparaison, la version modernisée du MiG-29 vole jusqu’à 2.500 km/h et transporte 4,5 tonnes d’armes, tandis que son rayon d’action est de 1.000 kilomètres. Le F-16 américain peut transporter jusqu’à 7,7 tonnes de charge utile, sa vitesse maximale atteint 2.300 km/h et son rayon d’action s’établit à 600 kilomètres. Mais il s’agit d’avions commercialisés depuis les années 80.

Début 2015, l’hebdomadaire allemand Der Spiegel citant des données fournies par Edward Snowden a rapporté que la Chine aurait volé des informations concernant la construction du chasseur américain de cinquième génération F-35 pour les utiliser dans la conception de son avion J-31.

Le F-35 peut emporter 6,8 tonnes d’armements, vole à 18.500 mètres d’altitude à une vitesse de 1.930 km/h (Mach 1,6+).

 

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9 octobre 2015 5 09 /10 /octobre /2015 16:35
Leading Aircraft Manufacturer Poised to Export New Fighter Jet

 

Oct. 09, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Zhao Lei China Daily; published Oct. 09, 2015)



BEIJING --- China's leading aircraft manufacturer is on the verge of exporting its fifth-generation fighter jet, according to industry sources. Aviation Industry Corp of China disclosed the technical specifications of the J-31 Gyrfalcon at an aviation expo even though the plane was still being tested, the sources said.

During the four-day Aviation Expo China 2015, a biennial event held in Beijing in mid-September, AVIC also displayed a large-scale model of the J-31.

Expo visitors were surprised that the State-owned defense contractor was willing to declassify the J-31's specifications, as it had never previously released such information on military air-craft until they entered mass-production and were ready for export.

Analysts said the decision indicates that the corporation wants potential foreign buyers to learn about the plane's capabilities as soon as possible so that it can secure contracts when the jet becomes operational.

A source close to AVIC who declined to be named said publication of the aircraft's specifications was aimed at impressing potential buyers. "The earlier the buyers know about the J-31's capabilities, the higher chance AVIC has of taking up a good share of the fifth-generation aircraft market," he told China Daily.

"Once the company receives buyers' payments, it can use these to sustain the production line and continue to upgrade the aircraft to win more customers."

AVIC executives have never concealed their intentions for the J-31 project. Li Yuhai, deputy general manager of AVIC, told reporters in November, "Since the start of the J-31's development, we have planned to use the plane to end some foreign nations' dominance of the fifth-generation fighter jet. One of its variants will be specifically designed for export."

Li was speaking on the sidelines of the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.

Chen Hu, a military expert with the People's Liberation Army, said exporting the J-31 would be a milestone for China's aviation industry because the plane would give AVIC a significant boost in competition with Western defense giants.

Xu Bangnian, a professor at the PLA Air Force Command Institute, said he expected international demand for the plane as it appeared to be the only choice for developing countries wanting an affordable fifth-generation stealth aircraft.

The only fifth-generation fighter jet available on the market is the United States' Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, but the US will only sell it to its allies.

The J-31's maiden flight in October 2012 caused a surprise globally, as few people expected China to develop another fifth-generation fighter jet following the J-20 stealth aircraft, which made its first flight in January 2011. During the past three years, the J-31 has undergone several test flights and some changes have been made to its design.

The AVIC specifications show that it has a maximum takeoff weight of 25 metric tons and is designed to be in service for up to 30 years.

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9 octobre 2015 5 09 /10 /octobre /2015 12:35
L'AVIC s'apprête à exporter son nouvel avion de chasse

 

09-10-2015 Par : Lisa -  French.china.org.cn

 

Le premier fabricant d'avions de Chine est sur le point d'exporter son avion de combat de cinquième génération, selon des sources de l'industrie. Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) a dévoilé les spécifications techniques de son J-31 Gyrfalcon lors d'un salon de l'aviation, bien que l'avion soit encore en phase de test, selon les sources.

 

Au cours de l'Aviation Expo China 2015 de quatre jours, un événement biennal organisé à Beijing à la mi-septembre, le groupe AVIC a également présenté un modèle à grande échelle du J-31.

 

Selon les analystes, cette décision montre que la société veut que les acheteurs étrangers potentiels soient conscients des capacités de l'avion dès que possible, afin que des contrats puissent être signés dès que l'appareil sera opérationnel.

 

Une source proche d'AVIC, qui a préféré garder l'anonymat, a déclaré que la publication des spécifications de l'appareil était destinée à impressionner les acheteurs potentiels.

 

« Une fois que la société reçoit les paiements des acheteurs, elle pourra les utiliser pour maintenir la ligne de production et continuer d'améliorer l'avion et gagner ainsi plus de clients », a déclaré la source.

 

Les dirigeants de l'AVIC n'ont jamais caché leurs ambitions pour le J-31.

 

Li Yuhai, directeur général adjoint de l'AVIC, a déclaré aux journalistes en novembre que « depuis le début du développement du J-31, nous avons prévu d'utiliser cet avion pour mettre fin à la domination des avions de combat de cinquième génération de certains pays étrangers. Une de ses versions sera spécifiquement conçue pour l'exportation ».

 

Chen Hu, expert militaire de l'Armée populaire de Libération, a déclaré que l'exportation du J-31 serait une étape importante pour l'industrie de l'aviation chinoise, parce que cet avion donnerait un coup de pouce significatif à l'AVIC pour sa compétitivité avec les géants occidentaux de la défense.

 

Xu Bangnian, professeur à l'Institut du commandement des forces aériennes de l'APL, a déclaré qu'il attendait une forte demande internationale pour cet avion, car il semblait être le seul choix pour les pays en développement qui souhaitent un avion furtif de cinquième génération abordable.

 

Le seul chasseur de cinquième génération disponible sur le marché est le Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II développé par les Etats-Unis, mais le pays ne le vend qu'à ses alliés.

 

Le vol inaugural du J-31 en octobre 2012 a causé la surprise à l'échelle internationale. Peu de gens pensaient la Chine capable de développer un autre avion de combat de cinquième génération après le chasseur furtif J-20, qui a effectué son premier vol en janvier 2011. Au cours des trois dernières années, le J-31 a effectué plusieurs vols d'essai et quelques modifications ont été apportées à son design.

 

Les spécifications de l'AVIC montrent qu'il a un poids maximum au décollage de 25 tonnes et qu'il est conçu pour voler un maximum de 30 ans.

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China Advanced Fighter Concept Model Makes Debut at Beijing Aviation Expo

September 27th, 2013 By Chinese Government News - defencetalk.com

 

An advanced fighter concept (AFC) model launched by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) made its debut at the 15th Beijing Aviation Exhibition unveiled yesterday at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.

 

In the series of fighters developed by AVIC, the AFC model, which made its debut at the Beijing Aviation Exhibition, is a multi-purpose advanced fighter designed to meet the demand of this kind of fighter in the future international arms trading, according to sources.

 

The fighter adopts the design of single seat, double engines, twin vertical tails and normal layout with such features as high stealth performance, low cost, large bomb load, large combat radius and perfect integration of systems.

 

In terms of the comprehensive combat effectiveness, China’s advanced fighter is superior to the 3.5-generation fighter and the modified third-generation fighter, basically equivalent to the typical fourth-generation fighters.

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Anka May Lose Its Engine

Sep 17 2013 trdefence.com

 

Chinese Avic’s acquisition of German Thielert, leaves the first Turkishmade drone, the Anka, without an engine. Turkish officials are worried that buying of Thielert, engines supplier of Anka, may delay the project.

 

It looked entirely like any other business takeover between the Chinese and Germans with no relevance to Turkey. But the news that a Chinese group had acquired the troubled German maker of aircraft engines means Turkey must now find a new engine supplier for its first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Anka.

 

Turkish officials and the Anka team are now worried that Chinese group Avic International’s acquisition of Thielert, a bankrupt German maker of diesel engines for aircraft may further delay the Anka which would otherwise have been powered by Thielert’s Centurion engine.

 

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) which develops the Anka had ordered the Centurion for a batch of 10 aircraft. Now TAI must look elsewhere to find a new engine to power the Anka.

 

The ANKA is a medium-altitude long-endurance MALE-category drone. Such UAVs usually operate for 24 hours at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

 

ANKA, meaning Phoenix in English, is the first MALE-type UAV to be produced by TAI. One of the prototypes crashed during a test flight in September but several other flight tests have been carried out successfully.

 

ANKA+, another version of the ANKA, calls for an armed vehicle, using a rocket attached to its body and sensors.

 

An engine maybe developed to replace

 

“An immediate replacement could be a difficult task,” a TAI official said. “We may, though, ask TEI (TAI’s sister company that manufactures engine parts) to develop an engine for the Anka.” Both TAI and TEI (Turkish Engine Industries) are owned by a military support fund.

 

The engine problem occurred at a time when defense procurement authorities are preparing to sign a contract for the acquisition of 10 ANKAs. Separately, the Turkish police force is also preparing to place an order for the Anka.

 

Before the engine snag, another problem had delayed the Anka program. A locally-developed electro optical sensor, by military electronics firm Aselsan, did not fit Anka’s specifications and TAI was mulling to opt for a foreign pod.

 

Avic said in August that it was merging Thielert into its Continental Motors division and was giving up military business. Deliveries had stopped, the state-run Chinese company announced.

 

Thielert was supplying engines for aircraft including a U.S. Army version of the General Atomics Predator. General Atomics has acquired the engine data package and intends to continue production and support.

 

Satellite-controled version of ANKA

 

The ANKA had successfully passed acceptance tests late in January. The final, decisive tests on Jan. 20-21 involved a full endurance, 18-hour flight, successful auto landing, data link performance at a distance of 200 km (approx. 120 miles) under winds up to 45 knots, and night take-offs and landings. The ANKA has so far did more than 150 flight hours. There is a possibility that TAI could develop a satellite-controlled version of the ANKA, company officials say.

 

A defense industry expert said that finding a new engine supplier may not resolve the entire problem. “Any new engine will have to be fitted into the Anka which was designed for the Thielert engine. This will require new (engine) integration work. New tests should also be done,” he said.

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