China’s Z-10A life fire drill

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China releases a video of its Z-10A performing live fire drills .

The CAIC Z-10 , also called WZ-10, is a Chinese medium attack helicopter developed for the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force with close ties to United Technology corporation of Hartford Connecticut. It is designed primarily for anti-tank warfare missions but has secondary air-to-air combat capability as well. Initiated by chief designer Wu Ximing, the project had early Russian involvement with Kamov Design Bureau of Russia under a contract with the Chinese government, but the collaboration was abruptly stopped due to fundamental design philosophy disagreements. The Chinese designers and their customer, the PLA General Armaments Department, preferred an lighter-weight, more agile airframe with less emphasis on armor. The helicopter was further developed by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) and locally manufactured.

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