Flightglobal’s blockbuster defence offering this week includes a great analysis from our Singapore-based colleague Greg Waldron about the offerings on show at last week’s Airshow China event in Zhuhai.
What we learned from Zhuhai
By Craig Hoyle on 22 November, 2012 in Uncategorised
As expected, there was some interesting new kit to be seen, including a model of an advanced fighter concept, which looked more than a bit like the Shenyang J-31 first flown in October. Questions remain though over the true status of Beijing’s advances into stealth technology, and also – if it really has some good technology to offer – whether it would be willing to sell it on to other nations.
The rhetoric seems to have come down a notch at this Zhuhai event, however, with less evidence of bombastic exhibits like the mural depicting a WJ-600 unmanned air vehicle attacking what was clearly a US Navy destroyer at the 2010 show. The UAV was back, but this time its foe was a generic surface vessel.
Rotorheads will have been excited to see debut flying appearances by two attack helicopters: the AS365-inspired Z-19 and the heavier WZ-10. I think someone spent quite a while looking at the AW129 Mangusta for this one, but you decide (Rex Features image of the WZ-10 below).
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