All visitors of the 11th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai will be able to see the Z-10K most modern combat helicopter of the PLA Air Force.
Visitors of the 11th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, for the first time ever, will have a chance to see the most modern combat helicopter of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) – the Z-10K, Chinese media reported. The new helicopter’s modification, taken in service in 2014, was developed in the end of 2011.
The Z-10K became the first helicopter, where a crew is placed in a tandem. An armored cab and a body of the helicopter provide safety of pilots. Through the use of the stealth technology, the helicopter is almost ‘invisible’ for a potential enemy, the Sina Cinven informational website reported.
Reportedly, the Russia’s Kamov Experimental Design Bureau was engaged in developing of the helicopter. According to unconfirmed data, the Chinese government made an order for creation of the new attack helicopter in 1995.
The Z-10K is capable to speed up to 300 km/h and to rise to a height up of 6,400 meters. The combat load is about 1,500 kg. The helicopter is capable to carry air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles.
Citing an anonymous source in the Chinese Defense Ministry, local media reported about a large-scale re-equipment of the PLA Air Force’s units with the CAIC WZ-10 new attack helicopters.