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Attack copter takes to skies in Airshow China 2012

By Wang Wen and Zhao Lei in Zhuhai, Guangdong (China Daily)

10:35, November 14, 2012

Stuntwomen from the Breitling Wingwalkers, a European aerobatic team, go through their paces on two biplanes at the opening of the Zhuhai Airshow in Guangdong province on Tuesday. (China Daily/ Li Jianshu)

More orders announced for C919 passenger aircraft at airshow

The Zhuhai Airshow, the largest showcase for the nation's aviation and aerospace industry, soared into the skies above Guangdong province with more aircraft than ever before.

A crowd favorite was the public debut of the WZ-10, China's attack helicopter, nicknamed Thunder Fire.

But not all the action was in the air. The Commercial Aircraft Corp of China announced it had clinched orders for a total of 380 C919 aircraft, China's homegrown mid-sized passenger jet.

The company said it has so far received orders from 15 buyers. Two domestic airlines, Hebei Aviation Group and the Xi'an-based Joy Air, each recently placed orders for 20 single-aisle, 150-seat passenger planes.

The WZ-10 was designed primarily for anti-tank missions but also has air-to-air capability.

The helicopter is developed and produced by Changhe Aircraft Industries in Jiangxi province, which is affiliated to the Aviation Industry Corp of China. The program was jointly carried out by more than 40 research institutes across the country.

The origin of the WZ-10 can be traced back to the early 1990s after the Chinese military leadership observed the success of US helicopters during the Gulf War.

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