Harbin Z-9W



Overview


Z-9W

Several PLA Z-9W helicopters with HJ-8 anti-tank missiles in low level flight.
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Origin
China
Type
Attack helicopter
Entered service
Early 1990's
Status
In service
Development
1987 - 1989
Developer
China - HAMC
Production
Early 1990's - present
Producer
China - HAMC
Number produced
About 50 (armed variants, domestic + export)
Designations
Z-9G (export model of Z-9W)
WZ-9
Notable users
China - PLA

Variants


Z-9W

Initial armed variant of the Z-9. Introduced in the early 1990's. The early model features a roof mounted sight. In Chinese service its primary role is anti-tank, being armed with four HJ-8 anti-tank guided missiles. For export a wide range of additional armament options is available. These include gun pods, rocket pods, etc.

Z-9WA

Improved attack variant of the Z-9 introduced in the mid to late 2000's. Instead of a roof mounted sight it features a much larger nose mounted optical suite. The engines have also been uprated. Z-9WA has the ability to use a wider range of guided weapons. These include HJ-9 and HJ-10 anti-tank missiles, TY-90 air to air missiles, ADK-10 air to ground missile and C-701 light anti-ship missile.

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