Avicopter AC312 is a Chinese multi-purpose helicopter developed in 2015 by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
The design of the multi-purpose aircraft model Avicopter AC312 began by Chinese aircraft manufacturers from the corporation Aviation Industry Corporation of China, in 2010. Although initially, the aircraft had to be exclusively military-oriented – it was supposed to be used for transportation of military personnel and small cargoes, subsequently, due to the wide capabilities of this helicopter, the aircraft also gained great popularity in civil aviation, where it could be used for various purposes, including for the transport of passengers and goods, as a private business helicopter, as a patrol and maintenance air vehicle, etc.
The Avicopter AC312 helicopter was first tested in 2015 for the first time, and thanks to careful design and high-quality technical equipment of this aircraft, all tests were completed, and the helicopter was sent to mass production, where it appeared in 2016. According to data from May 2016, Chinese aircraft manufacturers managed to build only a few copies of this aircraft, however, due to a large number of orders available, the project has prospects, especially since due to several optimizations, its cost is lower than that of its western counterparts.
Despite the rather large dimensions, and the length of the Avicopter AC312 helicopter is more than 12 meters, this aircraft has good maneuverability and has simple controls, thanks to which the operation of the aircraft is very safe.
Onboard, an aircraft model Avicopter AC312 can accommodate up to 14 people, including two pilots and 12 passengers (military personnel), while, depending on the layout of the cabin, the aircraft can carry fewer people.
In addition to transporting people, the helicopter can also be used for transporting goods, the only condition for which is compliance with the dimensions and compliance of the lifted cargo with the maximum take-off weight of the aircraft, which is 4 tons.
The Avicopter AC312 helicopter is equipped with two French or Chinese-made gas turbine aircraft engines with a total thrust of 1,440 hp, which provides the aircraft with the ability to accelerate to a maximum flight speed of 270 km / h, and overcome distances at distances of 720 kilometers.
- Crew: 2 people (depending on configuration);
- Capacity: 12 people (depending on the configuration of the cabin);
- Length: 12.04 m.;
- Height: 3.72 m.;
- The diameter of the rotor: 12 m.;
- Empty helicopter mass: 2200 kg.;
- Maximum take-off weight: 4000 kg .;
- Cruising speed: 240 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight speed: 270 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight range: 720 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 4520 m.;
- Powerplant: 2 x Turbomeca TM 333 (depending on layout);
- Power: 2 x 720 HP