Z-10 thread


Black Shark

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I haven't been online for a while and missed obviously the Z10-ME upgrades.
Do you have a summary on the upgrades from the original Z10?
Maybe with some links if available.
 

Figaro

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I haven't been online for a while and missed obviously the Z10-ME upgrades.
Do you have a summary on the upgrades from the original Z10?
Maybe with some links if available.
Below is Huitong's entry on the Z-10ME.

A recent image (September 2018) indicated an export variant (
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) is being developed possibly with better electronics (including MAWS, new IFF), a bigger ammunition magazine in the nose, redesigned engine air intakes with particle separating mesh and more powerful engines (WZ-9G?). It was reported in February 2020 that Pakistani Army has shown a serious interest in Z-10ME after the Turkish T129 attack helicopter deal was jeopardized. A recent video (September 2018) suggested that some
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s (S/N LH9621xx,
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) have been further upgraded. It features external ceramic armor plates outside the forward and back cockpits as well as the engine compartment to provide a better protection against small AAA fire. MAWS sensors were installed on both sides of the nose. The gunner also wears the new HMD. The latest image (February 2020) indicated some have redesigned
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facing upward similar to those onboard Z-10ME in order to reduce IR signature (S/N 9531xx), suggesting the engine has been upgraded.


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Black Shark

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Thx @Figaro

The additional armor on the engines outside of the engine covers give the impression that the cover itself doesn't have much armor capability by itself, just from the relative thin thickness. Do we have by now any information or schematics on the armor layout?
The front flat glass looks like it could be bulletproof glass. The add-on armor plates (ceramic) indicate that the armor seems to be insufficient.
 

free_6ix9ine

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Below is Huitong's entry on the Z-10ME.

A recent image (September 2018) indicated an export variant (
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) is being developed possibly with better electronics (including MAWS, new IFF), a bigger ammunition magazine in the nose, redesigned engine air intakes with particle separating mesh and more powerful engines (WZ-9G?). It was reported in February 2020 that Pakistani Army has shown a serious interest in Z-10ME after the Turkish T129 attack helicopter deal was jeopardized. A recent video (September 2018) suggested that some
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) have been further upgraded. It features external ceramic armor plates outside the forward and back cockpits as well as the engine compartment to provide a better protection against small AAA fire. MAWS sensors were installed on both sides of the nose. The gunner also wears the new HMD. The latest image (February 2020) indicated some have redesigned
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facing upward similar to those onboard Z-10ME in order to reduce IR signature (S/N 9531xx), suggesting the engine has been upgraded.


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WZ-9G? is that made up designation or is it official?
 

BaiyueRaeuz

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Another western myth that Z-10 can't fight at high elevation because its engines are too weak is crumbling.
The first batch of Z-10 entered service sometime in late 2010, and I believe at that time they indeed had some problems operating at high altitudes. But nearly a decade has passed and the engines have certainly got improved.
 

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