A prototype of Z-10ME attack helicopter, an improved version of the Z-10, made its first public appearance at the ongoing Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai.
According to its makers – Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation, a new engine has been installed that may increase the helicopter’s maximum power from 935 kilowatts to 1,200 kilowatts. The Z-10ME also has improved mobility, protection and firepower, the company says.
The Z-10ME is an improved version of the Z-10 in use by ground and air forces of the People’s Liberation Army. The PLA has had the Z-10 for about a decade. The Z-10 medium attack helicopters can be adapted to the desert and the sea.
The company officials feel that several countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South America are in need of medium attack helicopters cheaper than the US-made AH-64 Apache but with sufficient firepower, and the Z-10ME could be an economical alternative.
China is eyeing the global market especially countries such as Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. “Some of these countries have shown interest in the helo,” an official informs.