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Khirkash DC-74 Chebrys
DC-74 Chebrys
Type Military transport aircraft
Place of origin DC Flag Armed Republic of Dvinmiste Capia
Service history
In service 2029-Present
Used by DC Flag Armed Republic of Dvinmiste Capia
Production history
Designer Khirkash Company
Manufacturer Khirkash Company
Unit cost 38.55 million per unit
Produced 2029-Present
Variants 17
Specifications
Weight Empty: 24,578 lb (11,148 kg)

Max. takeoff: 50,000 lb (22,680 kg)

Length 98 ft 10 in (30.1 m)
Height 18 ft 11 in (5.7 m)
Crew 3 (pilot, copilot, flight engineer or loadmaster)

Primary
armament
Up to 3 pintle-mounted medium machine guns (1 on loading ramp and 2 at shoulder windows), generally 7.62 mm (0.308 in) M240/FN MAG machine guns
Engine 2 × Lycoming T55-GA-714A turboshaft
4,733 shp (3,529 kW) each
Power/weight 0.28 hp/lb (460 W/kg)
Payload capacity 33–55 troops or

24 litters and 3 attendants or

24,000 lb (10,886 kg)

Operational range 400 nmi (450 mi, 741 km)
Speed Maximum speed: 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h)

Cruise speed: 160 kt (184 mph, 296 km/h)

Guidance system Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS)
The Khirkash DC-74 Chebrys is an Capian twin-engine, tandem-rotorheavy-lift helicopter developed by and manufactured by Khirkash Company. The DC-74 is among the heaviest lifting eastern helicopter.

The Chebrys was originally designed by Khirkash, and possesses several means of loading various cargoes, including multiple doors across the fuselage, a wide loading ramp located at the rear of the fuselage and a total of three external ventral cargo hooks to carry underslung loads as well. Capable of a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h), upon its introduction to service, the helicopter was considerably faster than contemporary utility helicopters and attack helicopters, and is still one of the fastest helicopters in the Capian inventory. Improved and more powerful versions of the Chebrys have also been developed since its introduction; one of the most substantial variants to be produced was the DC-74D; improvements from the DC-74C standard included upgraded engines, composite rotor blades, a redesigned cockpit to reduce workload, improved and redundant electrical systems and avionics, and the adoption of an advanced flight control system. 

The military version of the helicopter has been subject to numerous export sales from nations across the region, typically using it as heavy-lift rotorcraft in a military context; the D.C. Army have been the largest user. The civilian version of the Chebrys is the 'Khirkash' Vertol 234. It has been used for a variety of purposes by a range of different civil operators, having often been used for passenger and cargo transport, along with niche roles such as aerial firefighting and to support various industrial activities, including loggingconstruction, and oil extraction.

Variants:Edit

  • CD-1B
  • DC-74A
  • ADC-74A
  • DC-74B
  • DC-74C
  • DC-74D
  • MH-74D
  • MH-74E
  • DC-74F
  • MH-74G
  • DC-74J
  • HH-74
  • Civilian models:
    • Model 234LR
    • Model 234ER
    • Model MLR
    • Model 234UT
    • Model 414:

General characteristicsEdit

  • Crew: three (pilot, copilot, flight engineer or loadmaster)
  • Capacity:
  • 33–55 troops or
  • 24 litters and 3 attendants or
  • Payload: 24,000 lb (10,886 kg)
  • Length: 98 ft 10 in (30.1 m)
  • Fuselage length: 52 ft (15.85 m)
  • Fuselage width: 12 ft 5 in (3.78 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 60 ft  (18.3 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 11 in (5.7 m)
  • Disc area: 5,600 ft2 (520 m2)
  • Empty weight: 24,578 lb (11,148 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 50,000 lb (22,680 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lycoming T55-GA-714A turboshaft, 4,733 shp (3,529 kW) each

Performance

Armament

  • Up to 3 pintle-mounted medium machine guns (1 on loading ramp and 2 at shoulder windows), generally 7.62 mm (0.308 in) M240/FN MAG machine guns

Avionics

  • Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS)
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