21 janvier 2015
People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Z-18F Helicopter.
January 15, 2015 defenseworld.net
China recently tested a Z-18A helicopter which can be used as an anti submarine warfare, military heavy lift and as a troop and VIP carrier.
According to China Military Online China recently tested it on the Tibetan plateau at an altitude of 8000 meters.
The report said that the Z-18A helicopter is meant to transport the AH-4 155 mm light artillery system developed by the China North Industries Corporation which weighs around 4 tons.
14 août 2014
13.08.2014 Pacific Sentinel
To strengthen the anti-submarine capability of the People's Liberation Army Navy, Z-18F helicopters will likely serve on the Liaoning, the nation's first aircraft carrier and the Type 071 Yuzhao-class amphibious transport docks according to a report by Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News published Aug. 12.
The paper cited a Chinese military website which stated that the Z-18F is likely a modified version of the Z-8F helicopter designed based on the French-built SA 321 Super Frelon. By looking at photos posted online, Li Xiaojian, a Chinese military expert told the paper that the Z-18F is probably equipped with four eight-tube sonobuoy launchers, allowing the helicopter to carry 32 sonobuoys. A US SH-60 Seahawk, in comparison, is only able to carry 25 sonobuoys, according to Li.