21:06 GMT +320 May 2018
Listen Live
    Z18  military transport helicopter

    Transport Helicopter Tests Out Beijing’s Newest Aircraft Carrier (PHOTOS)

    Global Times
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    0 443

    A Z-18 military transport helicopter took off from China’s newest aircraft carrier, which has yet to undergo sea trials, over the weekend, according to state media.

    On Saturday, the Z-18 flew for about five minutes before returning to land on the carrier, known only as Type 001A. The chopper launched from Liaoning Province in northeastern China, according to the Global Times.

    Reviewing the helicopter's flight performance, Li Jie, a Chinese military analyst, told the news outlet the Z-18's guidance systems "obviously performed well" and that the chopper could be used in tandem with the carrier in case of emergencies.

    ​The Type 001A, China's second aircraft carrier, was built in Dalian shipyards in northeastern China and is slated to enter service in the early 2020s with the People's Liberation Army-Navy. On April 26, 2017, the massive boat was commissioned.

    China's only operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was rebuilt from a Soviet-era Russian carrier and commissioned with the Chinese navy in 2012.

    The Z-18's successful flight indicates that the Type 001A is ready for sea trials, the Global Times
    reported.

    The carrier's testing appears to have been delayed. In early April, the South China Morning Post said the sea trials would start by the end of April.

    Li is not at all concerned with possible delays. He told the Global Times that "even if there are some problems, it is quite normal since there are 700 million to 800 million parts on an aircraft carrier."

    The Z-18 helicopter is itself a new addition to the PLA, having only entered service this past January, Jane's reported at the time.

    Related:

    Beijing Quietly Builds Another Amphibious Warship for PLA Navy
    China’s First Aircraft Carrier to Open for Tours in Near Future
    China’s Domestically Built Aircraft Carrier to Start Sea Trials in Late April
    Beijing’s Aircraft Carrier Docks After Military Drills in South China Sea
    Beijing: Aircraft Carrier Group in South China Sea is Testing New Weapons
    Tags:
    aircraft carrier, Liaoning, PLA Navy, China
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment