Friday, May 19, 2017

China Showcases Their Newest Attack Helicopter

Chinese-developed attack helicopter Z-19E is pictured during its maiden flight in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China May 18, 2017. China Daily/via REUTERS

Reuters: New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight

China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernization program.

China has rattled nerves around the region with its plan to reform its military, the world's largest, focusing on quality over quantity and replacing old equipment and tactics dating back decades, underpinned by billions of dollars in spending.

The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television.

"The helicopter is the latest narrow-body tandem-seat armed helicopter. It is also the country's first export-oriented helicopter made especially for attack purposes," state news agency Xinhua said.

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