Avic introduces new harrier design at Airshow China

 The award for the most interesting concept being introduced at  Airshow China unfolding now at Zhuhai goes to Avic’s helicopter operations.

Details about this two-person, ducted fan, pusher air vehicle were scant on the eve of the opening of the event, but the model was on display:

The concept is supposed to bring about a way to achieve vertical takeoff and landing with much greater forward speed than seen typically on helicopters, says one program official.

There’s also a clear low-observable feature to the system. Under each wing are what look like conformal weapon bays. The pusher propeller also appears largely masked from radars looking at the target nose-on.

 

 

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