CAIC Z-10 is a Chinese attack helicopter developed by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) in 2003.
The CAIC Z-10 model attack helicopter was developed by Chinese aircraft manufacturers with the participation of aircraft designers from the Russian company Kamov in 1998. The main reason for starting the development was the need to create a combat aircraft capable of waging an effective fight against armored ground equipment, since, until the 2000s, the Chinese air forces lacked effective combat strike units.
The CAIC Z-10 helicopter project was developed in a very short time and already in 2003, the helicopter made its first test flight, which turned out to be quite a failure, as most of the expectations of the aircraft developers did not come true. Since the leadership of the aircraft manufacturing company Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation was unsatisfied with the prototype, the project was aimed at further refinement, where it stayed for another 9 years until in 2012 it was officially presented.
To date, the CAIC Z-10 combat helicopter is a fairly effective attack helicopter capable of quickly attacking enemy positions from the air, including destroying both the enemy’s manpower and lightly armored and armored vehicles. Due to the high operational properties of this aircraft, the CAIC Z-10 helicopter is very popular and is one of the main strike units of the Chinese Air Force (the country has more than 100 helicopters of this model in service), and shortly, it is expected to be exported to other countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
The armament of the helicopter CAIC Z-10 consists of:
- Aviation automatic gun, caliber 23 mm., 25 mm. or 30 mm .;
- Heavy machine gun with a caliber of 12.7 mm. or 14.5 mm .;
- A set of unguided missiles;
- A set of guided missiles for hitting targets with high accuracy, including air targets.
The crew of the CAIC Z-10 helicopter consists of two people – a pilot and a gunner while using an automatic aircraft gun or homing missiles, the helicopter pilot can independently control weapon systems. Because the aircraft belongs to the class of combat aircraft, transportation of goods and people on board is not possible.
The helicopter propulsion system model CAIC Z-10 consists of two gas turbine engines of the brand WZ-9, each of which is capable of developing a thrust of 1350 hp, which in turn is very much for an attack helicopter. The maximum flight speed of the aircraft CAIC Z-10 can be up to 350 km \ h., While the maximum flight distance is determined by the distance of 825 kilometers.
- Crew: 2 people;
- Length: 14.15 m.;
- Height: 3.85 m.;
- The diameter of the rotor: 13 m.;
- Empty helicopter mass: 5540 kg .;
- Maximum take-off weight: 7000 kg .;
- Cruising speed: 275 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight speed: 350 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight range: 825 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 6400 m.;
- Powerplant: 2 × WZ-9;
- Power: 2 × 1350 hp