BEIJING, China – China’s state media say a homemade attack helicopter has successfully fired air-to-air missiles for the first time in another advance for the domestic arms industry.
The Xinhua News Agency said Monday that the firing took place during drills last week that were the biggest test yet for the army’s aviation wing.
The aircraft were of the WZ-10 model developed by the domestic arms industry primarily for attacking tanks. Xinhua said its missiles successfully intercepted low-altitude targets during the drill, indicating an increased role for the helicopter in countering enemy aircraft.
China has shifted from importing most of its military hardware from Russia to producing it at home as a result of economic growth and increasing technical sophistication.
However some key items, namely top-performing jet aircraft engines, must still be imported.