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FIDAE 2012: FAdeA to push ahead with Chinese helicopter production

27th March 2012 - 16:58 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Santiago, Chile

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Officials from Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) say they hope to fly their first locally assembled Z-11 light helicopter at the end of this year.

The plans follow a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Chinese helicopter company Avicopter and its parent CATIC in October 2011 to assemble the Z-11 light helicopter for both the Argentine and the Latin American market.

Emilio Maligno, business development manager for FAdeA told Shephard that studies had shown a need for a helicopter of Z-11 size in the region for a range of roles in the military and civil markets.

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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