Saturday, July 31, 2010

Prototype of New Chinese Z-19 Attack Helicopter Revealed

Chinese aviation firm AVIC has revealed the first prototype of the new home-grown anti-armor attack helicopter Z-19. This new attack helicopter is based on the Z-9W anti-armor attack helicopter which itself was derived from the license-built AS-365N.

New anti-armor attack helicopter features a new narrow forwarded fuselage with tandem compact layout similar to that is being used on the other gunship helicopters like Z-10, TAI/Agusta Westland T-129, AH-1Z Viper, AH-64 Apache, Eurocopter Tiger, Mil Mi-28 and HAL Light Combat Helicopter.

Z-19 attack helicopter seems to have retained the aft fuselage and rotor system of the Z-9WA. New helicopter is likely to use that same power plant as that of Z-9WA as part of a low risk approach. First prototype of Z-19 was reported to have flown couple of months ago in May this year.

This new helicopter is likely being develop to complement Z-10 attack helicopter which has suffered several delays due to engine related troubles. Z-10 attack helicopter flew for the first time back in April 29, 2003.

 New Z-10 has modified engine exhausts to reduce IR signature of the Z-10 helicopter. Initially Z-10 prototypes were powered by PT6C-76C engine but for production version Chinese are likely to use the WZ-9 engines. The latest rumor claimed that the first batch of Z-10A is entering service with PLA Army Aviation.

Z-9W was China’s first anti-armor attack helicopter that become operational with People's Liberation Army. It can be armed with the HJ-8A wire-guided ATGMs, or 57mm/90mm rocket pods, or 23mm cannons, or TY-90 IR-guided AAMs.

New Images of Chinese Z-19 Attack Helicopter

8 comments:

....reminds me of the new Rooivalk Lite Mk2

Those images look really fake...Considering how many fake pictures of the Z-10 floated around the internet years before it was revealed, we should look at these images with some skepticism.

....reminds me of the Rooivalk Lite Mark 2 concept.....

This is given a very good information that Chinese aviation firm AVIC has revealed the first prototype of the new home-grown anti-armor attack helicopter Z-19. This new attack helicopter is based on the Z-9W anti-armor attack helicopter which itself was derived from the license-built AS-365N. This is really a great war planes for China.

Agree with Scotty09 - the "Z19" drawing is a Japanese Kawasaki OH-1 with a PLA national insignia

Agree with Scotty09. The Z-19 drawing is a Kawasaki OH-1 with drawn in PLA insignia

chinese stuffs always a cheap copy of weapon systems data stolen, hacked all over the world.... design looks cheap and its been proven its always unreliable. boooooooooooooo

China already have something great


People's Liberation Army Z-10 Attack Helicopter

http://chinesemilitaryreview.blogspot.com/2011/09/peoples-liberation-army-z-10-attack.html

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