This CCTV video shows some detailed footage of China’s WZ-10 attack helicopter, built by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation.
Photo by Shimin Gu
The helicopter has been in service for a couple years and is in many ways China’s answer to the Boeing AH-64D/E Apache gunship. While the WZ-10 looks impressive, it’s hard to say how effective the aircraft’s weapons and avionics are. As with everything dealing with China’s military hardware, there is little in the way of hard concrete evidence but a lot of conjecture.
Likewise, it’s hard to say how much of the aircraft is truly indigenous. Reports suggest China received substantial foreign assistance to develop the aircraft’s rotors, transmission and engines. Nonetheless, it’s still a remarkable achievement to have put this thing together.
At least for the prototypes, Pratt & Whitney Canada got itself into some hot water with the US government for illegally transferring modified software to China that allowed Beijing to use the company’s PT6C-67C turboshaft engines to test fly the developmental aircraft. Ultimately, Pratt & Whitney had to pay a $75 million fine to settle the case.
Production versions of the WZ-10 are said to be powered by a pair of Wo Zhou-9s, a version of the MTU Turbomeca Rolls-Royce MTR390. But it’s hard to know for sure.