Whole Value Chain Supporting System of Helicopter Industry Built in Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone

¡¡¡¡Yesterday, the fourth China Tianjin International Helicopter Expo undertaken by Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone was commenced in Tianjin Airport Economic Area, an area subordinate to Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone. Totally 403 enterprises from 22 countries and regions across the world participated in this expo, and the exhibits included AC352 helicopter that has elements of domestic intellectual property, engines, flight simulators used for training, and so on. The greatest highlight of this expo is that the development results of the helicopter industry in China are showed in the form of a whole industrial chain.

¡¡¡¡Homemade medium-sized helicopter reaches international level

¡¡¡¡The reporter saw in the flight performance presented yesterday morning the first public flight show of AC352 helicopter jointly developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry and Airbus Helicopter.

¡¡¡¡This helicopter is a 7-ton medium-sized multipurpose helicopter jointly developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry and Airbus Helicopter according to the airworthiness requirements of CS29/CCAR-29 and on the principal of ¡°joint development and platform sharing¡±. The serial number of this helicopter in Chinese helicopter series is AC352, and that in French helicopter series is H175. An in-charge person told the reporter: ¡°Compared with other helicopters of the same type in China, AC352 is more advanced in many aspects. It has traditional aerodynamic layout, two engines, wide body, and front three-point retractable wheel-type undercarriage. The cabin space can accommodate 14 to 16 passengers.¡±

¡¡¡¡Along with the increase of the comprehensive national strength, the manufacturing capacity of Chinese helicopter industry is continuously upgraded. The appearance of AC352 indicates that the helicopter manufacturing in China has entered a self design and production phase from the former imitation phase, and the Chinese helicopter industry, though with a late start, has developed to an advanced level and formed a big family with complete and scientific product series.

¡¡¡¡Whole value chain supporting system of helicopter industry built in Binhai New Area

¡¡¡¡At the site of the helicopter expo, the reporter saw the whole series exhibition of helicopters made by AVIC, one of the hosts of this expo, including military helicopters such as Z10 and Z19, and AC series (AC311, AC312, AC313 and AC352) general civil helicopters. The exhibition indicated the advanced design, manufacturing and innovation ability of this group in military and civil helicopters as well as its integrated service capacity, and comprehensively showed the latest results of the innovative development of Chinese helicopter industry in recent years.

¡¡¡¡In recent years, Binhai New Area has been promoting the large-scale production of light and medium-duty helicopters and implementation of heavy-duty helicopter projects. It makes efforts to build full series helicopter products including helicopters of 1t and below, 2t, 3t, 4t, 7t, 13t and 30t, start research and development projects of 3t helicopter, and accelerate the development progress of 7t helicopter. It promotes with special priority the implementation of the AVIC helicopter headquarters and R&D base project and the Eurocopter ¡°Squirrel¡± series light-duty helicopter customization center project, and builds whole value chain supporting system of helicopter industry. In addition, taking Tianjin Airport Economic Area as a key area, the west division of Tianjin Economic-technological Development Area and Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Area (Binhai Science Park) are jointly building a gathering area of aviation industry. Relying on the national new-type industrialization (aviation) demonstration base, Tianjin Airport Economic Area has developed the aviation manufacturing industry, centered by production of large civil airplanes and helicopters, the related supporting industry and the space industry to a considerable scale. It is expected that Binhai New Area will become an important civil airplane and parts manufacturing base in China, an important international airfreight hub in North China, an aviation leasing and financial center in China, and a national large-scale aviation product R&D base by 2020, with a total industrial economic scale of more than RMB 100 billion. Binhai Times (Reported by Hu Miao).

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