China has rattled nerves around the region with its plan to reform its military, the world's largest, focusing on quality over quantity and replacing old equipment and tactics dating back decades, underpinned by billions of dollars in spending.
The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television.
State news agency Xinhua said: "The helicopter is the latest narrow-body tandem-seat armed helicopter.
China has developed the Z-19E attack helicopter as it eyes a lucrative export market
The Z-19E was developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry
"It is also the country's first export-oriented helicopter made especially for attack purposes."
It is able to be deployed for battlefield support and a variety of other missions in a complicated battlefield environment during both day and night
Li Shengwei – AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry deputy chief designer
It is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the foreign market, the news agency added.
Li Shengwei, deputy chief designer of AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, said: "It is able to be deployed for battlefield support and a variety of other missions in a complicated battlefield environment during both day and night."
The Z-19E is mainly intended to attack tanks, armoured vehicles and other ground targets, flying at very low altitudes, Xinhua added.
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China has rolled out a series of increasingly advanced equipment in recent years
With a tandem dual-seat cabin, it provides both pilots with good line of vision, it said.
China has rolled out a series of increasingly advanced equipment in recent years, including stealth fighter jets and the first domestically developed aircraft carrier.
China has also increasingly been focused at getting more defence orders on the world market, trying to shed a reputation for poor reliability or cloning weapons.