WZ-10 Attack Helicopter Makes 1st Public Appearance
(Source: Chinese Ministry of Defence; issued Nov 12, 2012)
The Chinese WZ-10 attack helicopter appears to have been built using odd bits and pieces from the A-129 Mangusta, the Denel Rooivalk and the Boeing Apache. (PLA photo)
A WZ-10 attack helicopter flies past during a training flight in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 11, 2012.
WZ-10 attack helicopter made its first public appearance before the 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, which will kick off on Tuesday in Zhuhai. (ends)
Chinese Army Aviation Force Organizes Training of WZ-10 and WZ-19 Armed Helicopters
(Source: China Military Online; issued Nov. 13, 2012)
Several China's independently-developed WZ-10 and WZ-19 armed helicopters of an army aviation regiment under the Shenyang Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) carried out air-to-ground missile firing tests in an airspace of south Liaoning province on November 12, 2012. Despite the extreme climate conditions, the helicopters achieved a hundred percent hit rate.
The second new combat helicopter design unveiled at the Zhuhai air show; the Z-19 or WZ-19, closely resembles the Eurocopter Dauphin, which has long been manufactured under license in China. Its entire rear airframe and engine/rotor assembly appears to have been copied from the French aircraft. (Helihub photo)
The primary task of the WZ-10 and WZ-19 armed helicopters is to provide fire support on battlefields. Characterized by excellent flight performances and extreme low-altitude maneuverability, the helicopters can be equipped with multiple air-to-air and air-to-ground precision-guided weapons, and possess the daytime and nighttime combat capabilities.
All the troop units equipped with these armed helicopters have successively established flight tackling teams in order to tackle highly-difficult problems in flight of these armed helicopters, explored new training methods and tactics by focusing on the characteristics of future wars, and established a complete training system for these new-type armed helicopters.
The reporters saw at the front line of the training of an army aviation regiment under the General Staff Headquarters (GSH) of the PLA that the regiment set up realistic environment to simulate actual combat, incorporated such highly-difficult subjects as hedgehopping flight and valley counter-attack into the tactic drill of air assault and special operation, and effectively elevated the operational capabilities of the helicopters as well as the overall quality of the pilots.
The recent assessment made by the Army Aviation Department of the GSH has showed that those new-type helicopters that troop units had equipped with have already formed the capability to carry out operations under various weather conditions and in complex environments as well as to perform diversified tasks.