China developing high-speed helicopters

China is developing helicopters with the ability to fly at speeds twice the currentaverage, the president of China’s major aircraft maker said on Thursday.

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Lin Zuoming, president of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said China is strivingto make helicopters that can achieve a speed of 500 kilometers per hour.

“We have been keeping pace with other countries,” Lin added.

“We have mastered core technologies of third-generation helicopters,” said Cai Yi, generalmanager of AVIC’s helicopter company. “AVIC civilian helicopters can join the ranks of theworld’s most advanced.”AVIC produces a wide range of helicopters, from ultra-light varieties to high-altitude adaptivehelicopters.

AVIC said it has cracked core technologies in key areas like rotors, flight control and avionics.

China’s helicopter industry has been on a steady rise over the last decade.

The country’s helicopter industry will enter a critical period in the next three to five years, Caisaid.

Original article: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn

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