TIANJIN, Sep.10 (ChinaMil) -- The export-oriented armed helicopter WZ-19E, developed independently by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), made its first appearance at the Third China Helicopter Expo held in Tianjin on September 9 to 13, 2015. This is the first time that this type of helicopter has made its appearance in public.
The WZ-19E is a type of advanced light armed helicopter developed by the AVIC for export purpose. Featured by excellent performance and with a wide range of applications, this type of helicopter may perform such missions as air-to-ground attack, air-to-ground fire support, and air-to-air operation.
The WZ-19E provides a number of attack patterns. It is highly destructive for ground targets and low-altitude targets, and can effectively increase ground troops' combat capability.
While launching air-to-ground attacks, the helicopter may carry air-to-ground missiles to strike the important ground targets of the enemy, such as tanks, infantry fight vehicles, armored troop carriers and strong fortifications.
While giving the air-to-ground fire support, it may carry air-to-ground missiles and a number of rockets to destroy the enemy's fortifications, suppress the enemy's ground fire, strike the enemy's ground forces, retard the enemy's operation, and support the ground troops' operations.
In air-to-air operations, it may carry air-to-air missiles to strike the enemy's low-altitude targets and escort other helicopters.
The WZ-19E has the advanced avionics and weapon systems. With the ability to detect targets at a long distance and with a long weapon range, it may strike targets beyond the defense area.
After being equipped with relevant devices, it can also conduct searching, tracking, laser ranging and laser illumination against ground targets, and launch precise strikes both in the daytime and at night.
The helicopter also uses the crashworthy design for the fuselage structure, and is equipped with crashworthy chairs. Its rotor wings made of composite materials, crashworthy fuel tank, side and bottom armor of the pilot's seat can ensue that it can fly normally after it is hit by aircraft guns.
The WZ-19E may perform various missions under simple or complicated meteorological conditions round the clock, and can take off and land under severe conditions, such as damp, hot, salty and moldy conditions, and at unprepared venues. The two turboshaft engines for the helicopter have good high-temperature behavior, altitude performance and sand prevention capability.
It is equipped with the digital flight control system, which relieves the pilot's burden and increases piloting accuracy and safety. The helmet sight for pilots is available to increase the attack ability.
Compared with foreign armed helicopters of the same level, the WZ-19E has low empty weight and big effective mission load, with obvious advantages in terms of cruising speed, climbing power, service ceiling and air range, and is featured by the small size and high flexibility.