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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Chinese Firm Expects to Build Light Helo With Sikorsky

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Changhe Aircraft Industries Corp. is likely to co-develop a light helicopter with Sikorsky Aircraft, a top company executive has said.

"Changhe and Sikorsky have established a strategic partnership in civilian helicopter production," Wang Bin, chairman of the subsidiary of China Aviation Industry Corp 2 (AVIC 2), told China Daily. "Besides subcontracting, we plan to become risk-sharing partners and jointly develop a new 1-ton class helicopter."

Wang made the remarks July 12 at a ceremony marking the signing of a subcontracting agreement with Sikorsky. The company, based in East China’s Jiangxi Province, will supply airframe components for Sikorsky’s S-76C++ and perform final assembly of some of the airframes.

The agreement will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, Changhe will carry out sub-assembly and partial final assembly activities with procured kits and components. In the second phase, starting from 2009, the cooperation will expand to include component manufacturing.

The subcontract volume is valued at about $50-60 million every year, Wang said, adding that Changhe can deliver the products for 30 S-76C++ helicopters annually.

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