Changhe Z-11

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Role Light Utility helicopter
Manufacturer Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation
First flight December 1994
Introduction September 1998
Primary user China
Developed from Eurocopter Ecureuil

The Changhe Z-11 is a light utility helicopter developed by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC). According the Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation website, it is claimed to be the first indigenously-designed helicopter in China. It is based off the Eurocopter Ecureuil however.[1] The Z-11 project started in 1989 and the first flight was made in Dec 1994. In Oct 2000, test flights of Z-11 were completed. The general designer of Z-11 is Mr. Wu Ximing (吴希明), who is also the general designer of three other Chinese helicopters, including WZ-10. Under Mr. Wu, Z-11 became the first Chinese helicopter to be completely designed by CAD/CAM.[2]


  • Z-11J military version of the Z-11
  • Z-11W armed military version of the Z-11 (battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance, ground attack, and medical evacuation roles)
  • Z-11WA – scout version
  • Z11MB1 – with French Arriel 2B1A engine
  • Z-11ME1
  • CZ11W – The CZ11W is a light attack helicopter variation. It is powered by one WZ8D or ARRIEL 2B1A turbo-shaft engine and equipped with integrated avionics system, anti-tank missiles, rockets and machine guns. The helicopter is fitted with a targeting sensor turret, and can carry 4 Chinese HJ-8 antitank missiles.[3]


Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 6
  • Length: 11.24 m[5] (36 ft 10¾ in)
  • Rotor diameter: 10.69 m (35 ft 0¾ in)
  • Height: 3.14 m (10 ft 3½ in)
  • Disc area: 89.8 m² (966 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,120 kg (2,469 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2,200 kg (4,850 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × WZ-8D turboshaft, 510 kW (684 shp)



  • 4× or 8× HJ-8 ATGMs, 2× 12.7mm machine gun pods or 2× 57mm rocket launchers [6]

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ Global Security - Z-11 light military transport helicopter, article retrieved 26 October, 2013.
  2. ^ [Computer-aided manufacturing CAD/CAM for Z-11]
  3. ^ Z-11 helicopter variations -
  4. ^ Jackson 2003, pp. 78–79.
  5. ^ Fuselage length
  6. ^ "Z-11 Specifications". 1 June 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0 7106 2537 5.

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