Pic of the Day: China’s Z-10 Attack Helo

Happy hump day, everyone. Check out this close up photo of China’s Z-10 attack helicopter. Remember, the Z-10 — like the brand new Z-19 — looks familiar because it’s based on the Eurocopter Dauphin light cargo chopper. You know, the same helo the U.S. Coast Guard uses for search and rescue and even combat air patrols over Washington, DC.

Notice what may be advanced flight helmets that project flight and targeting data onto the pilots’ visors. Kinda like these.

  • Riceball

    Cue the slew of, this thing sucks because it’s made in China/by the Chinese in 5 … 4 … 3 … 3 … 1 …

  • Alex

    Similar design cues to the Eurocopter Tiger. If its similar in operation, then it will rarely fly.

  • Nied

    “Remember, the Z-10 — like the brand new Z-19 — looks familiar because it’s based on the Eurocopter Dauphin light cargo chopper.”

    Um, no. While the Z-19 is very clearly based on the Dauphin, the Z-10 doesn’t share any similarities to Eurocopter’s design. Most notably it has a traditional tail rotor rather than the Dauphin/Z-19’s fenestron rotor.

  • Dan Gao

    I have to hand it to them, this is a nice looking bird, and so is the WZ-19.

    The black paint job makes it look pretty menacing/bad ass.

  • Cachoo

    The Tiger hasn’t worked out well at all for the Germans. I agree that if the problems present in the Tiger are present in this design, this helo will be hanger bound for much of its service life.

  • FormerDirtDart

    “Notice what may be advanced flight helmets that project flight and targeting data onto the pilots’ visors. Kinda like these.”

    They look a lot like your standard, nearly three decade old, Integrated Helmet And Display Sight System (IHADSS).

    • blight_

      Then they’ve joined the modern world when it comes to helmets.

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  • Black Owl

    Alright, whoever gave China the Eurocopter Tiger? Step forward now because you’re in a lot of trouble.

  • Uranium238

    Black paint? Great! Should be easy to spot in the reticle of a Stinger in no time flat!

  • McPosterdoor

    Ha the smog’s so bad there’s basically no background in the photo.

    • blight_

      Fighting smog is what welfare states do.

    • EJ257

      The US have real clean air & water but look where our economy is at.

    • cozine

      You can’t find any insult that’s original and now you are attacking the BACKGROUND of the picture? Come on, have you ever used a long zoom lens before?

  • Guest

    Whats the advantage of having small windows on a realtively low flying chopper? - stealth?? Seriously…

  • Lance

    Looks like a heavier copy of the Eurocopter Tiger Light Attack helicopter. Easy meat for a F-15 or F-22 ;)

  • Robert Fritts

    Actually the profile, landing gear location, cannon and sight/laser assembly all look very similar to the new upgraded Mangusta A-129.

  • The Big Yak

    But can it shoot down Eric Stoller’s helicopter like in the movie Firebirds?

  • dtjump

    Hanger Queen

  • Kotch

    Knock it all you want…. that thing looks hot

    • Dan Gao

      Based on…secret insider information?

  • STemplar

    This should keep those Uyghurs and Tibetans in line from their freedom wanting ways!!

  • blight_

    Trying to figure out what all the painted marks are. Pluses and anchors?

  • Infidel4LIFE

    Where did they steal the specs? From who? Thats the Chi-com way. All those neat Apple toys are made by slave labor, they work the ppl to death. F*ck Apple, and Steve Jobs eff you too. Wherever ur “soul” is. Wat a J.O.

  • Black Owl

    Look at it this way. Let’s say the Chinese acquire our best technology. Let’s say that by some circumstance an F-35 or F-22 was shot down over one of their allies and they get enough tech to catch up to us. What is in their mindset to do is immediately make copies of the technology. However, what they will not do is keep progressing/inventing technology and pass us. That is just not in their mindset and their system doesn’t even promote doing that.

    Also, there a lot of drawbacks to copying technology. Copied technology has never fully stacked up against the originals because the people making the originals know the tech inside and out. The Chinese copied weapons don’t necessarily perform as well as their Russian originals. It is true though that they aren’t anything to laugh about since I imagine the difference would not be extremely drastic and numbers can compensate for these drawbacks. The only thing I laugh at with China is their lack of creativity.

  • Bob

    Actually the Chinese copies sometimes improve on the originals e.g. several versions of their RPGs are preferred over the Russian originals because of the lighter weight and they also concentrated on making more anti-personnel warheads.

  • Elijah

    Let’s hope that someday China will copy something they will regret.

  • tribulationtime

    My crystal ball say me…..aerodinamics/center of gravity is largely based on Ka-50. Forward shape is “cool look” no real RCS reduction. Helmets if they work are from Israel. IFF, FLIR and cannon turret are mock up. So Why they build it? They are trying fly a Hokum without a complex rotor hub.

  • Robert A. Fritts

    Paid for with interest from US Treasury notes and fire sales of plastic crap from Walmart and Target.

  • chockblock

    And Big Army lets SHORAD wither and die…If the balloon goes up in the Pacific, Big Army will miss SLAMRAAM and Avenger.

  • Walter Smith

    I’ve read enough of some these post. and apparently some of you think that this is not a serious matter. I think by under estimating the Chinese is an exercise in stupidity. We under estimated the North Vietnamese’s resolve, and I’m sure you the idiots among us remember how that ended. Here we go again, giving the Chinese the rope they’re going to hang us with. I personally think this company should have faced even more draconian penalties.