BEIJING: China has started working on a new generation of assault helicopter having stealth potentials and would start deliveries to the Chinese armed forces by 2020, said the official China Daily newspaper.
The new Bird has been developed by Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), one of the country’s top arms makers, as stated in the state-run English-languages publication.
Its stealth potentials will ‘reshape the combat blueprints’ of the People’s Liberation Army, Lin Zuoming, the company chairman was quoted as saying.
“It is a trend that the ground force will become increasingly dependent on helicopters because they have better strike capability and mobility than armoured vehicles, and transport supplies to frontier troops,” Lin added.
The top helicopter designer of the company, Wu Ximing, said the Bird would have ‘supreme manoeuvrability in complicated situations, extraordinary survivability and joint operation capability’, the report said.
China president Xi Jinping has stressed to stronger and modernise the country’s 2.3 million-strong armed forces as China takes a more assertive position in the region, in particular South China and East China’s coastal areas.
The statement has also included developing a range of high-tech arms, which includes stealth jets, aircraft carries and emerging technology focusing at targeting the satellites.