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China-made copter makes successful debut

CHINA'S first domestically-made large civil helicopter completed its test flight yesterday in Jiangxi Province.

The AC313 helicopter took off at Lumeng Airport in Jingdezhen City at 9:40am and landed at 10:05am.

The AC313 has a maximum takeoff weight of 13.8 tons and can carry 27 passengers or 15 wounded people. It has a maximum range of 900 kilometers, said Sun Cong, deputy chief engineer of designer and manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC).

The helicopter is designed for a various uses, including search and rescue, fighting forest fires, and assisting in fighting fires in cities.

The AC313 reaches the standard of third-generation helicopters, Sun said.

AVIC I International Leasing Co and China Flying Dragon Special Aviation Co signed contracts to purchase five AC313s following the test flight.

Zhang Hongbiao, director of AVIC's science and technology committee, said the company has set up a team to study the feasibility of developing China's first heavy-duty helicopters.

Zhang called for more government investment to help kick-start the project at an early date.


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