Manufacturing Corporation is developing the Z-19, which is expected to function and support with a heavier attack helicopter the CAIC WZ-10 in the near future. Export variants will be designated WZ-19 (Wuzhuang Zhishengji – attack helicopter), but aircraft used in country will be designated Z-19 as WZ is used by the PLAAF for UAVs.
The Z-19 is an updated modified version of the Harbin Z-9W. It is a twin-seat tandem helicopter with a similar mechanical layout to the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin series as the Z-9 series are licence-built versions of the Dauphin.
The Z-19 features a fenestron tail, damping its sound and therefore allows it achieve some level of acoustic stealthiness. The exhausts also protect the helicopter from infrared threats.
The Z-19 also features armor platings, crash resistant seats, and a turret with FLIR, TV, and laser range finder.