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WZ-19 Chinese Army Attack Helicopter

WZ-19 Chinese Army Attack Helicopter
The new Chinese Army Aviation WZ-19 attack helicopters are mainly used to attack tanks and different significant targets. The new Harbin/AVIC WZ-19 attack helicopter is predicated on the Z-9W anti-armor attack helicopter, which it self was derived from the license-built AS-365N. The WZ-19 used the engines (WoZhou WZ8A?), rotor, aft fuselage and tail section (including Fenestron tailrotor) with minor modifications from H425 [one of the recent upgraded variants of the Z-9] swhich accelerates the development. not like the the Z-9W, which} was primarily an wide-body armed utility helicopter, the WZ-19 features a new slim forwarded fuselage with tandem compact layout similar to that of the opposite gunship helicopters like Z-10, TAI/Agusta Westland T-129, AH-1Z Viper, AH-64 Apache, Eurocopter Tiger, Mil Mi-28 and HAL lightweight Combat Helicopter.

The WZ-19 features a slim forward fuselage and a tandem cockpit layout similar to those of Z-10, however with reversed seating - the pilot sitting in the front seat and gunner in the back seat. each crew are protected by armor plates, crash-resist seats and non-retractable front landing gears. It also features a Z-9WA style nose mounted EO turret (FLIR, TV and laser range finder), with armament consisting of on 30mm canon in chin turret. The helicopter also can carry the air-to-air and air-to-ground weapon package similar to that of Z-9WA below a pair of stub wings, together with KD-8 ATGMs, PL-90 AAMs as well as 23mm gun pods and rocket lanchers.

The WZ-19 helicopter has a toke off weight of 4,500kg, empty weight 2,350kg, max cruising speed 245km/h [about 150 mph], max climb rate 9m/s [over 1,500 ft/minute], range 700km [450 miles], ceiling (out of ground effect) 2,400m, endurance of over 3hours. The exhaust ports help reduce the employment of the infrared signal design.