Chinese state-run media CGTN reported that the Z-10 attack helicopters seldom crash due to poor instrument performance and engine failures. China has one of the world’s most restrictive media environments, relying on censorship to control news, online, and social media information.
Previously, CGTN called the Chinese J-15 a “flopping fish” for its repetitive crashes and engine failures. Chinese media often discloses information due to the frustration of its military experts and the quality of Chinese military equipment China manufactures. The recent crash landing of a Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter led to the destruction of the helicopter.
Another Chinese army attack helicopter crashed on 4 March 2013, hospitalizing both its crew members but without causing fatalities. A series of Z-10 attack helicopters crashed in 2005, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 reports CGTN.
In 2018, a Z-10 attack helicopter crashed.
The Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter is a Chinese effort reverse-engineered the American AH-64 Apache helicopter.
China’s addiction to reverse engineering and take short cut to develop aircraft and helicopters led to the development of poor quality equipment. It’s not about the look and exterior of the aircraft and helicopter what is most important, — the electronics, radar, instrumentation and reliable engines, Chinese radar expert Liu Yongtan, and defense engineer Qian Qihu told CGTN.
Although the Z-10 is intended to conduct tough battles against ground, sea and air targets, it turned out that the developers simply did not foresee its strength capabilities – when making a crash landing, the helicopter collapsed like a cardboard box.
In the presented photo, the combat rotorcraft literally fell apart, although the landing indicators were exceeded only slightly. It is known that both pilots onboard the attack helicopter were killed – the helicopter was completely unsuitable for high mountainous terrain and therefore could not protect even the pilots, not to mention its integrity of the structure.
Experts note that due to such a miscalculation by the Chinese Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation , such helicopters may turn out to be completely unsuitable for warfare, which will force the PRC either to carry out a deep modernization of this rotary-wing aircarft, or to abandon the operation of the latter.
The CAIC Z-10 attack helicopter equips only the PLAAF. First flown in 2003, it entered service seven years later, with an estimated 300 examples built to date. The Z-10 attack helicopter primarily engages in anti-tank missions but is also capable of air-to-air engagements. Armament includes ADK10 and HJ-8 anti-tank missiles, TY-90 air-to-air missiles and a 30mm nose-mounted cannon.
China wanted to sell the helicopter to Pakistan, but the high-altitude trial failed consecutively,– Pakistan placed an order for 36 T-129 attack helicopters from Turkey.
One of the main reasons China bought Mi-171sh helicopters from Russia was that the Z-10 failed multiple high-altitude trials in Galwan Valley and the Dokhlam area.
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