China flaunts new military helicopter ‘Black Hurricane’ as Beijing claims the combat chopper can destroy the most powerful tank in the world

Thursday, May 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

China is set to impress the global military market with the new aircraft
The combat chopper is known in China as Z-19E, an improved version of Z-19
The single-rotor, twin-seat helicopter made its maiden flight in Harbin today

18 May 2017

Beijing has unveiled a homegrown combat chopper that’s said to be capable of destroying the most powerful tank in the world.

Two-seat Z-19E, also known as ‘Black Hurricane’, is built to cater to the international market as Beijing aims to expand its presence in the global market for military aircraft.

Chinese state media claimed that the single-rotor, narrow-body aircraft is one of the most advanced helicopters of its kind worldwide.

The light attack helicopter debuted to the public in September, 2015, and made its maiden flight today in Harbin, north-east China, according to People’s Daily Online.

The aircraft is expected to perform air-to-ground strikes, air-to-ground fire support and air-to-air combat in complicated weather conditions.

The newspaper claimed it has ‘excellent combat abilities.

Its nickname in China is Yuan, which stands for ‘Yours Useful Available Necessities’, as the Chinese authority expects it to help the country gain market share against Western competitors.

The helicopter is said to feature a multiple rocket launcher, which could fire more than a dozen rockets at the same time.

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