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Airshow China: PLAAF introduces Z-10K attack helicopter

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Airshow China 201 6
1 - 6 November 2016
Zhuhai - Jinwan Airport
 
 
Airshow China: PLAAF introduces Z-10K attack helicopter
 
If the CAIC Z-10 armored attack helicopter made its premiere at the 2012 edition of Zhuhai Airshow, the People's Liberation Army Air Force unveiled this year an improved version, dubbed Z-10K. This upgraded variant can carry air-to-air as well as air-to-ground weapons.
     
Airshow China Zhuhai 2016 48 PLAAF's new Z-10K attack helicopter at Zhuhai Airshow 2016
     
The Z-10K can also be fitted with a new rocket pod carrying 19 rockets to supplement the new nose-mounted 23 mm gun. This variant also features new sensors on the helicopter's two pylons.

Development of the new Z-10K’s improvements, taken in service in 2014, started at the end of 2011.

The Z-10 is powered by two domestic WZ-9 engines, featuring 1000 kw (1350 shp) each.

It is designed primarily for anti-tank warfare missions but has secondary air-to-air capability as well. It can be armed with a wide range of weapons, such as BRM-1 90 mm guided rockets and Blue Arrow 7 and Blue Arrow 9 air to ground missiles.

     
Z 10K airshow china 2016 001 The Z-10K version is fitted with a new 23 mm nose-mounted gun