China unveils attack helicopter at airshow: report
A unit of China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) showed off the WZ-10, or "Thunder Fire", for the first time in public at the country's premier airshow in the southern city of
More than 30 foreign military delegations are attending the airshow, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The attack helicopter, designed primarily for anti-tank missions, aims to challenge the AH-64 Apache of the
AVIC also showed off another helicopter at the event -- the WZ-19, or Black Tornado, which is designed for armed reconnaissance and the support of ground troops, the newspaper said.
State television showed the black attack helicopter on a vertical climb during a demonstration.
"The WZ-10 is one of the top three attack helicopters in the world," China Daily quoted chief designer Wu Ximing as saying.
An unnamed Chinese expert was quoted as saying
The AH-64 Apache -- made by Boeing Defense, Space and Security -- is used by the US Army and several other countries.
The Apache is powered by two turboshaft engines and carries laser-guided precision missiles, 70mm rockets and 30mm automatic cannon, according to the website of the Boeing unit.
Chinese President Hu Jintao last week called for
In late September it put its first aircraft carrier, a refurbished Soviet vessel named the
Hu's call came amid tensions with several Asian neighbors over maritime territorial claims, including