China has delivered several Harbin Z-9W helicopters, the attack variant of its Z-9 utility rotorcraft, to overseas customers.
"We've delivered several Z-9s, but we can't discuss the buyers," says Zeng Wen, vice-president of CATIC, the agency responsible for Chinese military exports. Some industry sources, however, believe that the company has some African customers.
The Z-9W is an indigenous attack version of the Z-9, which is a licence-production of the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin.
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Harbin has also developed the Z-9EC anti-submarine warfare variant that China sold to Pakistan. The helicopter, which is armed with torpedoes and has pulse-compression radar, low frequency dipping sonar, radar warning receivers and Doppler navigation systems, was reportedly inducted into the Pakistani navy in late 2009.