BEIJING: China has begun developing a new generation of attack helicopter which will have stealth abilities and should start deliveries to its armed forces by about 2020, the official China Daily newspaper said on Friday.
The helicopter is being developed by Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), one of the country's leading arms manufacturers, the state-run English-language publication said.
Its stealth capabilities will "reshape the combat patterns" of the People's Liberation Army, company chairman Lin Zuoming 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 said.
The company's chief helicopter designer, Wu Ximing, said the aircraft would have "supreme manoeuvrability in complicated environments, outstanding survivability and joint operation ability", the report added.
It provided no other details.
Remember the downed American stealth chopper at Osama's hideout in Abbottabad? The pakis gave details, pictures and samples of it to the Chinese. The Chinese promptly copied it. China never invents anything new. Its policy is to steal technology from the West and reverse engineer and copy.
What a stupid comment. This nonsense is propaganda and brain washing by western media that china can only do reverse engineering. If Chinese were so dumb then why the are successfully hacking into US Army networks?
To get the latest technology by stealth at no cost!!!
We need to secure our vulnerable borders in Kashmir and Arunachal which may provide testing ground for the Chinese stealth aircrafts and helicopters.
The neighbours of China have no other options but to make this kind of device.
We in India need to understand the threat perception on our borders and need to take immediate and urgent steps bearing on our defence ability to meet any eventuality which is likely to arise in the coming times... Rakesh, fbd