Kelvin Wong, Zhuhai – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
09 November 2018
The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has unveiled an improved version of its Zhishengji-10ME (Z-10ME), an export-oriented variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Z-10K all-weather multirole attack helicopter, for the first time in public at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition in Zhuhai.
Developed by AVIC’s helicopter division Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC), the tandem-seat Z-10ME initially surfaced as a conceptual model at Paris Air Show 2017, but the first production-ready helicopter – with serial number Z-10ME001 – was already flying by September 2018.
The latest variant incorporates several enhancements over the in-service Z-10K, with active and passive survivability modifications including a comprehensive airborne countermeasures suite comprising an indigenously developed missile approach warning system (MAWS) and radar warning receiver (RWR), which can be configured to automatically dispense chaff or flares from two box-shaped 6×4 dispenser systems on either side of the fuselage.
Meanwhile, passive defences include a revised engine nozzle layout that is upturned to channel hot exhaust gases upwards to reduce the helicopter’s infrared (IR) signature, as opposed to the baseline People’s Liberation Army (PLA) army aviation Z-10 and PLAAF Z-10K’s conventional sideways exhaust configuration. The Z-10ME is also outfitted with inlet particle separators (IPS) for the twin intakes to reduce sand, dust, and other harmful solid particulate damage to critical engine and propulsion components resulting in power loss.
The Z-10ME on display also featured appliqué armour panels – widely reported to be manufactured from extremely light but robust graphene super material – that have been attached to the helicopter’s fuselage just immediately under and slightly forward of both cockpit’s side windows, with the front-most armour panel wrapping around the MAWS sensor module.
Source: Jane’s 360 “Airshow China 2018: Upgraded Z-10ME attack helicopter breaks cover”
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China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernization program.
China has rattled nerves around the region with its plan to reform its military, the world’s largest, focusing on quality over quantity and replacing old equipment and tactics dating back decades, underpinned by billions of dollars in spending.
The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television.
“The helicopter is the latest narrow-body tandem-seat armed helicopter. It is also the country’s first export-oriented helicopter made especially for attack purposes,” state news agency Xinhua said.
It is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the foreign market, the news agency added.
“It is able to be deployed for battlefield support and a variety of other missions in a complicated battlefield environment during both day and night,” Li Shengwei, deputy chief designer of AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, told Xinhua.
The Z-19E is mainly intended to attack tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets, flying at very low altitudes, Xinhua added.
With a tandem dual-seat cabin, it provides both pilots with good line of vision, it said.
China has rolled out a series of increasingly advanced equipment in recent years, including stealth fighter jets and the first domestically developed aircraft carrier.
China has also increasingly been focused at getting more defense orders on the world market, trying to shed a reputation for poor reliability or cloning weapons.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Source: Reuters “New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight”
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The above photos taken from Zhuhai Airshow show a Z-11B carrying an SW-6 drone.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “First time display of a Z-11B helicopter carrying a drone” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)