Photo of China’s ‘Apache’ Carrying 4 Missiles on One SidePosted: February 26, 2013
Recently, a photo of China’s new WZ-10 attack helicopter being loaded with missiles was posted on the internet. According to a comprehensive report by the website mil.huanqiu.com, the helicopter was seen on one side being installed with an auxiliary fuel tank and four anti-missile missiles. The website has leant that the missiles were AKD-10 anti-tank missiles that China has newly developed for its attack helicopter as an air to surface attack missile. According to analysts, AKD-10 missile is a powerful missile able to quickly identify and automatically track its target and hit it with an accuracy of 3 meters. It is able to catch its target 3,000 meters away and has a range exceeding 5,000 meters.
According to previous report by mil.huanqiu.com, WZ-10 is better than US AH-64D Apache. However, foreign media has questioned WZ-10’s loading capacity and believed that due to restriction of the power of its engine, it cannot carry more than 4 anti-tank missiles. However, the website says that judging by the photos and information gradually revealed, a WZ-10 military helicopter is entirely able to carry 8 anti-tank missiles for its task. There shall be no doubt about the loading capacity of that type of new military helicopter.
The above-mentioned photo is accompanied by 15 other photos of the helicopters in the report. However, no Z-10 in those photos is seen to be carrying 8 missiles.
For all the 16 photos, please visit mil.huanqiu.com at:
In my post “China’s Aviation Industry’s Serious Bottleneck: Lack of Powerful Engine” on December 15, 2012, I quoted mil.huanqiu.com as saying: the prototype of China WZ-10 attack helicopter uses 1,300KW Canadian PT-6B engine, but due to US influence, Canada refuses to sell any more PT-6B engine. To give full play to Z-10’s designed capability especially in carrying enough fuel and weapons, it shall be powered by an engine exceeding 1,200KW, but China can only produce an engine of 1,000KW.
As there has been no news that China has developed an engine with enough power, it has to be satisfied with the inadequate carrying capacity of Z-10 until more powerful China-made engine is available.
China’s Aviation Industry’s Serious Bottleneck: Lack of Powerful Engine dated December 5, 2012
China’s WZ-10 Armed Helicopter Better than US AH-64D Apache dated November 18 at https://tiananmenstremendousachievements.wordpress.com