The first Chinese helicopter H425 for Bolivia

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A picture taken of Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) in Harbin in mid-January 2014 at the factory airfield of the Chinese aircraft manufacturer Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) in Harbin appeared on Chinese web resources. aviation Bolivia multipurpose helicopter H425 (tail number EB-101).

The H425 helicopter is a modified "commercialized" version of the famous Z-9 helicopter manufactured by NAMS (licensed Aerospatiale / Eurocopter / Airus Helicopter AS 365N2 Dauphin 2). The Bolivia agreement on the delivery of two MA60 passenger planes and six H425 helicopters was signed by the Chinese State Aviation Corporation AVIC in June 2011 and transferred to a firm contract worth 108 million, financed by the Chinese state loan of 300 million, in January 2012.

Six ordered НХNUMX helicopters are intended for the Bolivian army aviation (Aviación del Ejército boliviano), which will allow to form the first full-fledged helicopter part. Until now, the Bolivian army aviation, which was formed in 425, used only transport and training aircraft, and the only helicopter operated by it in 1981-ies (Aerospatiale SA 1980B Lama with tail number EB-315) was transferred to the Air Force even more than 201 years ago. Only in July of 20, did the Bolivian army aviation receive two Robinson R2013 light piston training helicopters (EB-44 and EB-121 tail numbers). Deliveries of H122 helicopters from China are to be launched in March 425.

The first Chinese helicopter H425 for Bolivia

The first multi-purpose helicopter H425 (crew number EB-101) built for the Bolivian army aviation at the factory airfield of the Chinese company Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC).
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  1. +6
    February 3 2014
    This supply will seriously strengthen the combat potential of the bicycle forces of Bolivia. laughing
    1. +1
      February 3 2014
      Quote: rugor
      This supply will seriously strengthen the combat potential of the bicycle forces of Bolivia. laughing

      Well, it's you for nothing, Bolivia has a pretty good army for Latin America:
      36 Austrian light tanks SK-105 "Cuirassier"

      24 Brazilian BMW EE-9 Cascavel

      128 BTR:
      50 American M113,
      24 Brazilian EE-11 Urutu,
      24 American half-track WWII M9,
      10 American V-150,
      20 Swiss MOVAG "Roland" (police)
      Artillery-40 towed guns:
      18 122-mm BT type 54-Chinese clone M-30,
      6 105-mm American BGN M101,
      10 German 75-mm BG FK 18 from the Second World War,
      6 75-mm Swedish BG "Bofors" model 1934.
      Mortars: M-120 (Chinese clone of our PM-38), 107-mm American M30, 250-American 81,4 mm M29, 60-mm American M-224.
      Anti-aircraft means:
      16 2 × 37-mm type 65 (Chinese double-barreled clone of our 61-K),
      80 2 × 20-mm Oerlikon K20,
      50 MANPADS HN-5 (Chinese clone "Strela 2M")
      PTS: RPG-7, 200 66-mm American disposable M72A3, 90-mm American RPG M20A1 "Super Bazooka", 90-mm American RPG M67, 82-mm Chinese BO Type 65/78, 106-mm American BO M40A1,40 Chinese ATGM HJ-8.

      Air Force:
      6 Chinese K-8 Karakorum UBS used as light attack fighter aircraft (total ordered by 12)
      17 UBS Canadair T-33 Silver Star-Canadian copy of the American T-33 UTS, used as a light attack aircraft, the Chinese K-8 Karakorum UBS are used to replace it

      9 Swiss piston Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer, also used as light attack aircraft (5 stocked)
      Transportation:
      3 Spanish CASA C-212 Aviocar
      2 Chinese Xian MA60_ modernized clone An-24
      Helicopters other than the mentioned 6 Chinese H425
      16 Bell UH-I "Iroquois",
      2 Eurocopter As-350B3 "Ecurey",
      1 SA 316 "Alouette-III",
      2 Eurocopter AS-332 "Cougar" used as a VIP transport (total ordered 6)
      Also ordered 6 French Eurocopter AS332 "Super Puma".
      That is, China has a fairly strong position in the Bolivian arms market, supplying light attack aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters, towed howitzers, MANPADS, ATGMs, recoilless guns, AGS, small arms, trucks and cars)
      1. +1
        February 3 2014
        Interesting ... the helmet of a warrior is something vaguely reminiscent of ... winked
        1. 0
          February 3 2014
          Quote: Yarik
          Interesting ... the helmet of a warrior is something vaguely reminiscent of ... winked

          Nothing vague, there half of "theirs" settled after the Second World War. request


          And these are their children and grandchildren. Yes

    2. 0
      February 3 2014
      rugor Today, 11:48
      This supply will seriously strengthen the combat potential of the bicycle forces of Bolivia.


      Why do they need more? Reasonable expediency, that's all.
      1. +1
        February 3 2014
        Let's just say that China has seriously taken on the Bolivian Air Force. I think a little more time will pass and we will already see land equipment.
        1. AVV
          0
          February 3 2014
          Quote: lonely
          Let's just say that China has seriously taken on the Bolivian Air Force. I think a little more time will pass and we will already see land equipment.

          China is seriously mastering Latin America! We also need not to clap our ears !!!
  2. 120352
    +4
    February 3 2014
    Bolivia, of course, on the drum, from which helicopter the Chinese wrote off theirs. They’re on the drum. Anyway, what drugs to carry. But for us strained. The budget cannot be filled with oil and gas, so now our military equipment will not be in demand? And what will we live on? Previously, at least a potential enemy was armed for money, like Malchish-Plohish - they sold military secrets for a barrel of jam and a basket of cookies, but now he doesn’t buy weapons from us
  3. +3
    February 3 2014
    Some girls in the foreground, in the photo, are there really Chinese models? No, it doesn’t seem like, probably the leaders of production, they could stand on the side!
    1. ilea123456
      +2
      February 3 2014
      they close a hole in the case lol
    2. avg
      0
      February 3 2014
      Quote: Anatol Klim
      Some girls in the foreground, in the photo, are there really Chinese models? No, it doesn’t seem like, probably the leaders of production, they could stand on the side!

      So the lad girls took pictures. The helicopter accidentally fell into the frame. wink
  4. +1
    February 3 2014
    Quote: Anatole Klim
    Some girls in the foreground, in the photo, are there really Chinese models? No, it doesn’t seem like, probably the leaders of production, they could stand on the side!

    And they come in the kit.
    1. +1
      February 3 2014
      Cheto immediately wanted to buy such a turntable for personal use (see in the kit) laughing
  5. ilea123456
    +1
    February 3 2014
    another hybrid of the Russian-Soviet-American helicopter industry from the unsurpassed Chinese thieves ... designers for the narco-army of narco-Bolivia
    1. +1
      February 3 2014
      You can throw poop into China, but they are pushing us, including in the arms market ....
    2. Windbreak
      0
      February 3 2014
      It is written that this is a licensed copy of the Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS 365N2 Dauphin 2
  6. 0
    February 3 2014
    Somehow it looks like a killer whale ...
  7. +5
    February 3 2014
    At this pace, China can greatly move major arms exporters and significantly influence this market, even if copies of well-known brands ... do not underestimate these actions of the Chinese leadership ...
    In recent years, the Chinese defense industry has managed to gain a five percent share in the global arms trade market. At the same time, for the first time since the end of the Cold War, China entered the top five largest exporters of weapons and military equipment, displacing Britain from there. Due to the dynamic growth of industry and the development of new sales markets, the country's position in the world market in the next few years is likely to only strengthen.
  8. 120352
    0
    February 3 2014
    Or maybe the theft of technology by China is one of the manifestations of globalization?
  9. 0
    February 3 2014
    Well, we, too: 40 Mi-35, -28 to Iraq (with Apaches), and 12 to Brazil were to be sold. Who knows: there, too, by?
    And now I'll look on the network ...
  10. 0
    February 3 2014
    Looked: Brazilian delayed, but complied. Iraq has not given up yet. Algeria has shown interest in the Alligator. And something like everything ...
  11. 0
    February 3 2014
    Our eights have been working there for a long time. There was a rumor about creating a rembase for our turntables, and an agreement with Russia on the military-industrial industry ... for as long as 5 years. wink

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