According to Huitong, this latest signing could be the "optimized" "Z-10A" model under development and expected to enter the mass production soon.
The new Z-10A sports a redesigned nose, reduction in weight and powered by the upgraded WZ-9 turboshaft twin engine (notice the twin 90 degree upwarded engine exhaust port). The original twin Pratt & Whitney PT6C-76C turboshaft engine equipped Z-10 prototype is rumored to be underpowered.
The original Z-10 Prototype
The new Z-10A
The new look looks a lot like the Augusta A129 Mangusta.
If the Z-10 does use WZ-9 then it would be a huge boost to China's helicopter industry.
Indeed, but lets wait and see.
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