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Harbin Z-19



Overview


Harbin Z-19

Right side view of Z-19 helicopter in flight.
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Origin
China
Type
Scout helicopter
Attack helicopter
Entered service
2012
Status
In service
Development
2000's - 2011 (design project)
2011 (first flight)
Developer
China - Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC)
Production
2011 - present
Producer
China - HAMC
Number produced
Over 180 by 2019
Designations
WZ-19
Hei Xuanfeng (nickname)
Chinese for "black whirlwind"
Notable users
China - PLA

Description


Introduction

The Harbin Z-19 is a modern light reconnaissance and attack helicopter of Chinese origin. The Z-19 fills the role between the Z-9W series of armed utility helicopters and the heavier and larger Z-10 used as a dedicated attack helicopter.

Design

The design of the Z-19 is based on the Z-9 utility helicopter, which is a license produced version of the French Dauphin. The layout of the airframe has been changed to a much sleeker tandem seat configuration. The cabin has been removed. Two turboshafts power the four blade main rotor and fenestron tail rotor.

Sensors

Optical sensors are mounted on the nose. The suite consists of a FLIR sensor, TV camera and laser range finder. Reportedly there is a variant of the Z-19 with millimeter wave radar system.

Firepower

Armament can be carried on the four pylons on the small stub wings. Unlike many attack helicopters there is no nose-mounted autocannon. Armament options include HJ-8 anti-tank missiles, TY-90 air to air missiles and 23mm gun pod. 57mm and 90mm aerial rockets can probably be carried as well.

Mobility

The Z-19 is powered by two turboshafts, which provide 940 hp each. Maximum speed is 280 km/h and cruise speed is 245 km/h. Flight endurance is up to 4 hours.

Users

The Z-19 is used by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The first Z-19 entered service in 2012 and over 180 have been produced by 2019. The Z-19 is available for export.

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