The export version of China's Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has made its maiden flight.Called the Z-19E, the new variant took to the skies on 18 May over the city of Harbin in China's northeastern province of Heilongjiang."The Z-19E carried out hovering manoeuvres, close ground-effect manoeuvring, and low passes above the airport to demonstrate its performance," reported the Xinhua news agency.The media outlet quoted the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), HAIG's parent company, as saying that the model was developed to "meet the requirements of the international military trade market".The narrow-body, tandem-seat helicopter is China's first export-oriented attack helicopter."It is able to be deployed for battlefield support and a variety of other missions in a complicated battlefield environment during day and night," Li Shengwei, deputy chief designer at HAIG, was quoted as saying.The helicopter has a cabin layout that provides both aircrew with a good degree of visibility, while "its manoeuvrability and survival possibilities on the battlefield are great improvements", said Li.With a maximum take-off weight of 4,250 kg, the Z-19E is a light armed helicopter providing advantages in cruising speed, climb rate, and usable ceiling, according to its developer.The Z-19E is mainly intended to attack armoured vehicles and other ground targets, reported Xinhua.Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options: ihs.com/contact
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