CAIC Z-10 ME （Early, in 2018）
Z-10 ME (Early, in 2018) is a variant of CAIC Z-10” Fierce Thunderbolt ”. It was designed for the Pakistan in order to meet the needs of plateau operations. At first, Pakistan army showed less interest in ME, cause the Turkish T-129 could be a better opinion. At 2018, Turkish got the order to produce choppers for them. However the Turks found the American engine that is required couldn’t deliver in time, due to some political issue, and the postponement became longer and insufferable. In 2022 Pakistan finally to cancel the deal with Turkey and turn to the Z-10ME (after a series of improvements).
To get better performance in Pamirs, Z-10 ME(Early) has got several changes. Its engine has changed to AES 100(Or WZ-9G), twin 1200kw engines to provide much better power to the helicopter. This improvement also helps the very chopper to improve other characteristics, but sadly until now quite few data was released. Z-10ME also got 4 UV missile approach warning on different angel, which the origin Z-10 lack of. Several Ceramic additional armours were added to protect the engine, pilot and front electronic equipment compartment. The cannon’s ammunition bay was moved back, below the pilot in the rear compartment, this change gives the chopper more ammunition and help improved the structure of the center of gravity of the helicopter. The exhaust port is changed to upward and the engine intake port has also been improved, the intake air volume is larger. By adding a newly designed dust cover, the engine gets better resistance function capability.
Instead of the 23mm cannon used in other Z-10, Z-10ME has a 20mm cannon gun, rumoured the 20mm cannon gun can adapt the NATO ammunition. The chopper also got several choice of payload: Rocket Nests(FS-57/70/90), ATGM(Blue Arrow 7 or CM502KG), Anti-Air Missiles(TY-90), Gun Pods, Electronic Warfare Pods and Drop Fuel Tanks, allows it to attack from multiple angles.
TY-90 Anti-Air Missile (Foreign trade version, Early)
TY-90 is an Anti-Air Missile, designed to attack hostile helicopter or other air target. It can both launch from ground vieicle and chopper.
Blue Arrow 7, AKD-10 foreign trade version
An ATGM that showed in 2012, designed to attack drone, however, it can attack some speedboats and armoured target.
Photos took from Zhuhai Airshow ( Photos 1 to 13)