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Changhe WZ-10

 

The CAIC WZ-10 (Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation / Wuzhuang Zhisheng) is an attack helicopter, with this particular model being produced for use by the People’s Republic of China.


The two crew members sit in tandem with the pilot in the rear and seated higher than his gunner at front. Wing stubs provide the ability for the system to wield munitions of various sorts and center around anti-tank missiles. Additionally the WZ-10 is believed to possess anti-aircraft abilities. Standard armament includes a chin-mounted 23mm cannon.

Power is derived from twin turboshafts centering on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C series. These two engines produce 1,531 horsepower each. The systems drive a five-blade main rotor and a four-blade tail unit. The transmission development is based on help from Agusta Westland. In all, the helicopter is believed to be in the same class as modern systems such as the Denel Rooivalk and Eurocopter Tiger and is slated for operational service beginning 2008.

CAIC WZ-10
Engines: 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turboshaft, 1,531hp
Main rotor: five-blade
Tail rotor: four-blade
Length: 46.26ft (14.1m)
Height: 12.63ft (3.85m)
Maximum Speed: 168mph (270kmh; 146kts)
Maximum Range: 497miles (800km)
Service Ceiling: 19,685ft (6,000m; 3.7miles)
Armament: 1 x 23mm cannon in undernose position
Accommodation: 2
Hardpoints: 4
Empty Weight: 12,214lbs (5,540kg)
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 13,228lbs (6,000kg)

 


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