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Z-19 Anti-Armor Attack Helicopter

Z-19 Anti-Armor Attack Helicopter

China's AVIC aviation firm has revealed the first prototype of the new homegrown anti-armor attack helicopter Z-19. This new attack helicopter the helicopter is based on Z-9W attack anti-armor, which in turn is derived from building permit AS-365N.

New anti-armor attack helicopter has a new narrow-body sent to the compact tandem arrangement similar to that used in other helicopters such as Z-10, ITF / Agusta Westland T-129, AH-1Z Viper, AH -64 Apache, Eurocopter Tiger, Mil Mi-28 helicopter gunships and HAL Light.

Z-19 attack helicopters seems to have retained the rear of the fuselage and rotor system of the Z-9WA. New helicopter is likely to use that power plant equal to the Z-9WA as part of a low-risk approach. The first prototype of the Z-19 is reported to have flown couple of months, in May this year.

The new helicopter is likely to be developed to complement Z-10 attack helicopters has suffered several delays due to problems with the engine. Z-10 helicopter flew back attack for the first time on April 29, 2003.

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