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WZ-10 Attack Helicopter (Wallpaper 1)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WZ-10 Attack Helicopter Wallpaper 1
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WZ-10 Attack Helicopter (Wallpaper 1)
1. Photo wallpaper gallery of WZ-10 Attack Helicopter fighter jet aircraft. 1. WZ-10 Attack Helicopter fighter jet aircraft pictures and images collection.
The WZ-10 is an attack helicopter developed by the People's Republic of China. It is designed primarily for anti-tank missions but is believed to have a secondary air-to-air capability as well. It is being built by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC). The origins of WZ-10 date as far back as 1979, when China began to explore ways of countering the advance of large enemy armour formations that would attack in great numbers. The resulting analysis by Chinese military establishments suggested that the most effective conventional way (i.e. without use of nuclear weaponry) was to attack enemy armour formations from the air and the attack helicopter was the best choice. Eight AĆ©rospatiale Gazelle armed with Euromissile HOT were procured to further evaluate this option and the results lead to the birth of the WZ-10 project. The resulting evaluation of modern warfare, with combined military arms, in the early to mid 1980s had revealed that the current armed helicopters in China's inventory no longer met the requirements of modern combat, because all of them were converted from civilian helicopters which made them vulnerable in intense combat situations. These civilian helicopters converted for military use could be used as scouts at best, it was found that facing off enemy armour formations required a dedicated attack helicopter such as the AH-1 Cobra or Mil Mi-24. As a result of these findings, the Chinese military evaluated the Agusta A129 Mangusta in the mid 1980s. I n 1988 a defence agreement was signed between the USA and China authorising the sale of AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to China, along with permission to produce the BGM-71 TOW in China under licence. But just as China was preparing to do further evaluations, China was sanctioned by the west after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Afterwards, as China turned to Eastern European countries for help in the period between 1990 through 1991, the colour revolutions also prevented China from obtaining attack helicopters. As China attempted to import the Mil Mi-24 from Bulgaria and Russia, all of them rejected Chinese requests. While attempting to import foreign attack helicopters resulted in failure, domestic research continued to reveal the shortcomings of China's current fleet of helicopters exposed by war games. The Chinese military had concluded that not only was the Chinese helicopter force inadequate, so was the structure of its armed force. In order to check large enemy armour formations successfully with attack helicopters, the helicopter force had to be under the command of the army instead of the air force. People's Liberation Army Ground Force Air Force (PLAGFAF) was established as a result and starting from a mere 9 Harbin Z-9, it would eventually expand to over 500 in the next two decades. More importantly, despite the lack of attack helicopters, research was continued and the PLAGFAF used other armed helicopters to simulate future attack helicopters, exploring tactics and strategies, helping to define the requirements for the future WZ-10.

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