PLA Navy Z9C/D and armed Z8 are more likely to carry anti-ships missiles than Z10. The mainly reason is Z10s are owned by PLA Ground forces, anti-ship roles is not what ther army aviation is trained on. They may not even possessed any anti-ship missiles.Did we have seen Z-10 with antiship missiles or they will use them only for troop support?
May be we will see some changes when PLA Navy starts to acquire navalised Z10s. However, the anti-ship roles would more likely be given to naval Z20s instead, due to Z20's ability to carry radar and higher payload. (PLA Army Aviation Z10 has no radar).
I thought the Z-10 had a millimeter wave radar for hitting ground targets. Even the Z-19 has an optional radar. It might require a software upgrade and re qualification but I doubt it would be that much extra effort. The weapons might also be repurposed in a similar way. You could use repurposed anti-tank weapons to hit surface targets.
In the long run they could make a specific anti-shipping missile based on the YJ-83K but it doesn't need to start like that.
Is this post talking about the same crash? because it claims that the pilots did not survive. I do think the claim is suspicious because the helo looks pretty intact, with no fire or anything. The pilots probably had a shock, some bruises, probably a fracture if the fall is high enough, but not dead.
What’s the point? Z10 is a dedicated attack helicopter, and other than LHD and carriers, no other ship have the luxury of carrying dedicated attack helicopters, and the flat tops would be carrying Z10s for shore assault anyways.In other words I think making a navalized Z-10 based on existing components for the Z-19 and some of its own components with initial operating capability on a short time shouldn't be significantly difficult. That capability can then be evolved later to use larger missiles as engine power and new weapons are developed to increase the chance of a mission kill of a naval target.