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Z-8G medium helicopter enters PLA service

8th January 2018 - 09:14 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ground force formally welcomed two Changhe Z-8G medium helicopters into service on 4 January, according to a report by state broadcaster CCTV (pictured).

This new transport variant is also commonly referred to as the Z-18A. The army has begun fielding it after four years of extensive testing, including at high altitudes on the Tibet Plateau, and it will likely replace older Z-8A/B helicopters.

The first unit to operate the type is the 161st Air Assault Brigade of the 83rd Group Army, which is allocated to the Central Theatre Command.

According to the Chinese state

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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