China’s new Harbin Z-19E “Black Whirlwind” attack helicopter has completed firing flight tests, Chinese media reported citing its developer the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
“The Z-19E has shown its maneuverability and operational capability in the just concluded firing flight test phase, which marks a major step for the export model into the market,” Xinhua quoted AVIC as saying.
The helicopter conducted multiple flight tests with the airborne weapons such as the gun, air-to-air missile (AAM), air-to-ground missile (AGM) in live weapon firing, and rocket projectile in precision attack.
It also received a comprehensive test of the adaptation of the whole model and its fire control system, and passed the test verifications of the functions and flight performances, according to AVIC.
The Z-19E is designed and manufactured by the AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co. (HAIG) in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. It is the export-oriented variant of the Harbin Z-19 (also called WZ-19) reconnaissance/attack helicopter developed for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the PLA Ground Force Air Force.
The single rotor Z-19E has a tandem cockpit and a narrow body with the miniaturized and comprehensive avionic and weapon systems onboard, which endow it with capacities for multitasking in a complex all-weather environment. It features a large effective load with a maximum take-off weight of 4.25 tonnes. Moreover, the Z-19E shows advantages in its range, ceiling, cruising speed and climbing rate, according to AVIC.
Harbin Z-19E made its successful maiden flight in May last year.