BEIJING — The China-made attack helicopter Z-19E has made its maiden flight from a Harbin airport on Thursday, marking a major step in China’s entry into the global market for attack helicopters.
Also called the “Black Whirlwind,” the Z-19E, which took the maiden flight from the Harbin airport, is the first export-oriented attack helicopter developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group.
“The helicopter is the latest narrow-body tandem-seat armed chopper. It is also the country’s first export-oriented helicopter made especially for attack purposes,” state news agency Xinhua said.
Deputy chief designer Li Shengwei said the helicopter is equipped with safety features to improve the pilot’s survival rate.
“The Z-19E and Z-9 are similar in many respects,” Li said.
In terms of manoeuvrability and functions, the Z-19E meets international standards and its operating interface is in English, he said.
“The Z-19E has strong market potential as some of its components are compatible with other countries’ military systems,” Song Zhongping, a military expert who served in the PLA Rocket Force, told the state-run Global Times.
Song also noted that the helicopter would fare well in the global market. It is aimed at countries which require light military helicopters with medium-level attack power, he said.Follow @gorkhapost
RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party
KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.
Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.
Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.
Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.
Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.
Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.
LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).Follow @gorkhapost