Harbin Z-5

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Harbin Z-5
Harbin Z-5 in Chinese Aviation Museum, Beijing
Role Transport helicopter/Utility helicopter
Manufacturer Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation
Designer Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
Status Retired from active service
Primary user China
Number built 545[1]
Developed from Mil Mi-4
Variants Harbin/CHDRI Z-6

The Harbin Z-5 (Zhishengji - helicopter) is a Chinese copy of the Soviet Mil Mi-4 piston engined helicopter. It was produced in the city of Harbin, China. The USSR provided China with blueprints in 1958, a few years before the Sino-Soviet split. The first flight was in 1959, but serial production was delayed and did not start until the mid-1960s. China has produced a number of unique variants, and the Z-5 was in use with the PLA, PLAAF and PLANAF in large numbers, although it might still be in reserve.[2] China also exported a number of Z-5 to client states. About 545 were built.[1] A few Z-5 helicopters were modified to carry machine-guns and rocket pods.[3]

One Z-5 was reengined with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-6 "Twin Pac" turboshaft in 1979, during the Chinese-Western rapprochement. Some sources refer to this as the Z-6, but the experiment went no further.[4]


Z-5 of Albanian Air Forces
Military transport helicopter.
Z-5 assault helicopter
Some Z-5 were converted to carry rocket pods on outriggers in addition to a gondola with a forward firing machine gun manned by the Flight engineer.
Z-5 Xuanfeng 
Civil transport helicopter.
Z-5 VIP helicopter
VIP versions distinguishable by larger rectangular windows in the cabin.
Z-5 agricultural helicopter
Some Z-5s were fitted with chemical hoppers and/or spray gear for agricultural or forestry protection use.
Z-5 SAR helicopter
Thirteen z-5s are known to have been converted to SAR helicopters with a winch and external fuel tanks.
Harbin/CHDRI Z-6 
A turboshaft variant of the Z-5, eleven aircraft built.

Military Operators[edit]

 Democratic People's Republic of Korea
 People's Republic of China

Specifications (Z-5)[edit]

Data from Chinese Aircraft[11]

See also[edit]

Related development

Harbin/CHDRI Z-6

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Mil Mi-4

Related lists

List of aircraft


  1. ^ a b Source: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/mi-4.htm
  2. ^ Source: http://www.sinodefence.com/airforce/aircraft.asp
  3. ^ "AirForceWorld.com Z5 Helicopter Armed Version". AirForceWorld.com. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Source: www.vectorsite.net by Greg Goebel (public domain)
  5. ^ "Albania Air Force Unit History". aeroflight.co.uk. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Albanian Harbin-Z-5". Demand media. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Portfolio: Democratic People's Republic of Korea Air Force". .acig.org. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Harbin Z-5". globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Helicopters: An Illustrated History Of Their Impact. ABC-CLIO. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  10. ^ People's Liberation Army Navy: Combat System Technology, 1949-2010. Naval Institute Press. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Gordon, Yefim; Dmitry Komissarov (2008). Chinese Aircraft. Manchester: Hikoki Publications. pp. 263–266. ISBN 9 781902 109046.