Sunday, October 14, 2018

Photos of the day: Z-19E attack helicopter

China's armed Z-19E helicopter ready for batch production
Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-13 22:07:27|Editor: Li Xia

BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The China-developed Z-19E armed light helicopter is expected to start batch production, according to its developer the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) on Saturday.

The Z-19E helicopter has gone under professional scrutiny regarding its performance tests and passed verifications, demonstrating the model is capable of entering the production phase, AVIC said.

The export-oriented Z-19E helicopter model was designed and manufactured by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., which is based in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

The Z-19E helicopter, which made a successful maiden flight in May last year, is light in weight. With a maximum takeoff weight of 4.25 tonnes, it has apparent advantages in large effective payloads, cruising speed, ceiling and range.

The model has undergone a comprehensive test for the adaptation of the model as a whole and for its fire control system, subsequently passing test verifications for functions and flight performance.

Its comparatively small size, good maneuverability and good performance in multiple missions give the Z-19E helicopter a broad market prospect, according to AVIC.

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Non-american photos of the day: Over 140,000 illegally-owned firearms and other weapons destroyed

Over 140,000 illegally-owned firearms and other weapons were publicly destroyed by police in 146 cities across China on Thursday.

The large-scale event, themed ‘destroy firearms and protect the safety of the people’, was organised by China’s Ministry of Public Security.

A large number of explosives and detonators, confiscated between 2017 and the first nine months of 2018, will also be converted into steel to be used in the construction of motorways and bridges.
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 According to Zhao Kezhi, the Minister of Public Security, the goal of publicly destroying the weapons was to encourage residents to report weapon-related criminal activities and let the public know that law enforcement officers are facing the danger of lethal weapons on a daily basis.

China launched a special nationwide action in February designed to crack down on the illegal possession of weapons. A total of 24 law enforcement organs participated in the weapon-confiscation scheme.

Since the launch, police have been involved in more than 33,000 cases involving guns and explosives. They have also detained 1,700 criminal suspects and broken up 288 criminal organisations that are alleged to have manufactured and sold guns and explosives.

The private ownership of firearms is illegal in China and gun ownership is heavily regulated. The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the country was 49,735,000 in 2017. Considering the population of China (1,409,517,397), that is approximately 3.5 guns per 100 Chinese.

Hi-Res Photos of the day: Dalian shipyard, where PLAN's two aircraft carriers are found.

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