China’s Z-19E Attack Helicopter Rival to AH-64 Apache Longbow
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China’s Z-19E Attack Helicopter Rival to AH-64 Apache Longbow

December 6, 2019


The Z-19E light attack helicopter an export variant of Z-19 Harbin armed and reconnaissance helicopter, performed its maiden flight in May 2017. The helicopter is manufactured by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China to provide fire support for the armed forces. It is designed to destroy ground-based targets including armoured fighting vehicles, main battletanks, troops, and military installations It can also engage enemy helicopters and low-flying targets under complex battlefield conditions. In addition to attack missions, the export variant can perform other tasks such as anti-smuggling, anti-terrorism, counter-piracy, patrol, helicopter escort and reconnaissance. The Z-19E attack helicopter features a narrow fuselage fitted with two stub wings It has a four-blade main rotor with a diameter of 12 m and a fenestron tail rotor with a diameter of 1.1 m. The total length of the helicopter with rotors is 13.72 m and the total width without rotors is 3.96 m With 4,250 kg of take-off weight the helicopter can carry two operators 820 kg main fuel tank and 280 kg auxiliary fuel tank whereas the empty weight is 2,510 kg. The helicopter comes with a non-retractable undercarriage consisting of two main wheels under the fuselage and one tail wheel under the rudder Wingtip devices are installed on the stub wings to provide additional lift by reducing the drag The Z-19E attack helicopter is equipped with four hardpoints two under each wing, to carry air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles and machine guns It can be armed with either four Blue Arrow 9 air-to-ground missiles mounted on a quad launcher or four 18-barrelled 57 mm rocket launchers Various weapon combinations can be used based on the helicopter’s mission such as twin Blue Arrow 9 missile quadruple racks with either twin 18-barrelled 57 mm rocket launchers twin TY-90 air-to-air missiles and one auxiliary tank or two 12.7mm machine guns mounted on a gun pod. Featuring a semi-active laser guidance system each Blue Arrow 9 missile can engage ground targets at a maximum distance of 6 km The 57 mm rocket has a maximum range of 2 km and is used to defeat surface targets. The maximum range of the 12.7 mm machine gun is 1.4 km while that of the TY-90 air-launched missile is 4 km. The Z-19E export variant uses two WZ-8C turboshaft engines which develop a maximum continuous power of 581 kW and a take-off power of 626 kW each. The helicopter has a maximum cruising speed of 245 km/h and a maximum range of 454 km Mil.huanqiu.com says a new version of China’s Z-19E attack helicopter was in display on September 14 2017 when the 4th China Helicopter Exposition opened The Z-19 has a mystic round box on top of its rotating wing similar to that of US AH-64E Longbow Apache it is believed that Z-19 has installed a millimeter-wave radar.

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