WZ-10 Attack helicopter

WZ-10 Attack helicopter

WZ-10 is an attack helicopter developed by the People’s Republic of China. It is designed primarily for anti-tank missions but is believed to have a secondary air-to-air capability as well. It is being built by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC).

Role : Attack helicopter
Manufacturer : Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC)
Designed by : Wu Ximing
First flight : 29 April 2003
Introduced : December 2010
Status : In service
Primary user : People’s Liberation Army
Number built :8 + 6 Prototype

WZ-10 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 14.15 m (ft)
  • Rotor diameter: 13.0 m (ft)
  • Height: 3.85 m (ft)
  • Empty weight: 5,540 kg (lb)
  • Loaded weight: 7,000 kg (lb)
  • Useful load: 1,500 kg (lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8000 kg (lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× WZ-9 turboshaft, 957 kw (1285 shp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 300+ km/h
  • Cruise speed: 270+ km/h
  • Ferry range: 800+ km
  • Service ceiling: 6,400 m (ft)
  • Rate of climb: over 12+ m/s(ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: 23 mm or 30 mm autocannon mounted on chin turret with grenade launchers, or 14.5 mm Gatling gun
  • Hardpoints: 4
  • Rockets: 57 mm, 90 mm multi-barrel unguided rocket pods
  • Missiles:
  • Up to 8 ATGM air-to-surface missiles
  • Up to 8 TY-90 air-to-air missiles
  • Up to 4 PL-5, PL-7, PL-9 air-to-air missiles

Avionics

  • YH millimetre-wave fire-control radar
  • YH-96 electronic warfare suite
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