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Harbin Z-9WA  

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This post was originally part of a joint suggestion with the Harbin Z-9W


Harbin Z-9WA




The Harbin Z-9WA is a further development of the Z-9W first revealed in 2005. This variant solved some of the major issues of its predecessor, notably its limited armament and lack of night operation capabilities. A nose-mounted pod with FLIR, low-light TV camera and laser rangefinder pod replaced the optical sight. New stub wings were implemented, which retained two hardpoints but increased their carrying capability: each hardpoint can carry 4x HJ-8 or AKD-9 ATGMs, 4x TY-90 AAMs, one 23mm gunpod or one rocket pod. MAWS and Chaff/Flare dispensers were also installed.


The Harbin Z-9WA is offered for export as the Z-9WE. Kenya and Cameroon are operators of the type, with 6 and 4 units respectively. A dedicated reconnaissance variant was designated as Z-9WZ and operated by the PLA.


For more information on the history of the base aircraft see it's suggestion thread:




Z-9WA and its armaments


























General technical characteristics


By default, the Z-9 / SA365N features a teardrop-shaped fuselage with a fenestron tail rotor and retractable tricycle landing gear. The structure makes extensive use of composite materials like glass fiber-reinforced plastic, nomex and Kevlar on the airframe, and carbon fiber on the rotor blades. The cockpit can be configured for single or dual control and has one door on each side. The passenger cabin features up to 12 seats and has four doors. 


Power is provided by two Turbomeca Arriel turboshafts (WZ-8A in Chinese production), each connected to a separate hydraulic system and electric starter-generator. A four blade main rotor and a 13-blade (11 on the Z-9B) fenestron tail rotor propel the vehicle.


Flight crew: One
Length (without rotors): 13.46m
Height (without rotors): 3.47m

Blades: Main rotor 4; tail rotor 13 (Z-9/A), or 11 (Z-9B)
Empty weight: 1,975kg (Z-9), or 2,050kg (Z-9A)
Max take-off weight: 3,850kg (Z-9/A), or 4,100kg (Z-9B)
Max payload: 1,900kg
Max external payload on sling: 1,600kg
Max speed: 305km/h
Cruising speed: 250~260km/h
Service ceiling: 4,500m (Z-9/A), or 6,000m (Z-9B)
Hover ceiling (out of ground effect): 1,020m (Z-9/A), or 1,600m (Z-9B)
Hover ceiling (in ground effect): 1,950m (Z-9/A), or 2,600m (Z-9B)
Range: 1,000km
Flight endurance: 5 hours


From: sinodefence.com. Note this refers to non-armed variants


Powerplant: 2xTurbomeca Arriel 1C1 / WZ-8A

  • Dimensions (m): 1.17x0.61x0.47
  • Dry weight: 118.6
  • Takeoff power : 526 KW (705 hp)
  • Maximum continous power: 437 KW (586 hp)


From: European Aviation Safety Agency


Weight data
Maximum take-off weight 4250kg
Standard empty weight 2773kg
Max. useable fuel weight 854kg (834.5kg)
Fuel capability in 2 auxiliary fuel tanks 300 kg


Overall Data
Main rotor diameter 12.00m
Tail rotor diameter 1.10m
Overall length (Main rotor turning) 13.72m
Airframe length (Main rotor excluded) 12.04m
Airframe width (Main rotor excluded) 4.44m
Airframe width (Main rotor and weapon camberbeam excluded) 3.21m
Airframe width (Main rotor, weapon camberbeam, horizontal stabilizer and side fins excluded) 2.03m
Height of vertical tail 3.97m
Height of rotor hub 3.49m
Underbelly ground clearance 0.4m
Wheel track 1.90m
Wheel base 3.64m
Weapon hardpoint transverse pitch 4.00m


Flight performance ISA ISA+20℃
Never exceed speed 278km/h 278km/h
Maximum cruise speed 231km/h 238km/h
Optimum cruise speed 217km/h 216km/h
Hovering ceiling, IGE 2408m 1582m
Hovering ceiling, OGE 1283m 590m
Inclined climb rate 7.06m/s 6.85m/s
Climb rate, OEI 1.63m/s 0.28m/s
Service ceiling 4046m 3253m
Range (30 min fuel reserve) 459km 447km
Endurance(30 min fuel reserved) 2.91 h 2.84 h
Range (with 2 auxiliary fuel tanks, no weapons carried, 30 min. fuel reserve) 726km 712km
Endurance (with 2 auxiliary fuel tanks, no weapons carried, 30 min. fuel reserve) 4.29h 4.19h


From: hafeigroup.net. This refers to the Z-9WE variant





Armament specifications


  • HJ-8 : The HJ-8 (Hongjiang-8, Red Arrow-8) is a Chinese wire-guided SACLOS anti-tank missile first produced in 1984. For a long time it was the main ATGM of the People's Liberation Army, and thus became the standard anti-tank armament of the Z-9W and Z-9WA. The HJ-8E variant features a tandem warhead with 800-1000 mm of penetration, a flight speed of 200-220 m/s and a range of up to 4000m. Source:  missilery.info

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Z-9WA with 8x HJ-8



HJ-8 variants


  • TY-90: Short range air-to-air missile, developed for helicopter use and entering service in 2000. It ihas been mounted on several PLA helicopters including the Z-10, Z-11, Z-9W, Mil Mi-17, and Z-19. It has also been adapted for surface vehicle launch on the Yi-Tian Air Defense System. The missile features an infrared homing head with a 30º viewing angle and either contact or laser proximity fuses. It has a range of 500m to 6 Km with a maximum speed of Match 2.2 and a maximum G overload of 20G. Source: missilery.info


Z-9WA with TY-90


  • AKD-9/BA-9: (from WT Wiki) The Blue Arrow 9 (BA-9) can be considered a smaller AGM-114B Hellfire , as a semi-active laser guided missile that can also follow a lofting flight trajectory and can lock-on-after-launch (LOAL). However it has a 25% shorter range, only 800 mm of penetration akin to the Soviet 9M120 Ataka , and a lower flight speed by around 30% than the Hellfire. Although the BA-9 is nothing special compared to its contemporaries, it still gets the job done against most tanks, particularly if it is able to hit them from above. Multiple missiles can also be launched at the same target if the need arises.


Z-9WA firing an AKD-10







Why should it be added? The Eurocopter SA.365 Dauphin is an iconic aircraft that deserves a place in the game. Having armed variants operated by two in-game nations (France and China), modeling resources of the aircraft can be shared between two trees and about 4 aircraft: the SA.565 Panther and SA.361HCL for France, and the Z-9W and Z-9WA for China (plus part of the Z-19). They can also support a Chinese tree on helicopter mid-tiers, and would remain different enough from French Dauphins to not feel like copy-pastes. Additionally the Z-9WE can be added as a Rank VI premium helicopter while keeping the WA as researchable.


Finally, they look good and that's more than enough reason to add them.














Picture sources (imgur backup)





Edited by PlanyKaanere

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As the Z-9WA has been implemented with Update 2.19 Drone Age,


Moved to Implemented Suggestions. :salute:

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