China's attack helicopter Z-9WE, finally got a battle experience. Within 6 months, Kenya has used four helicopters Z-9WEs in southern Somalia. The first pair of helicopters Kenya won in 2010, the year, and the second — in the past year. Helicopters Z-9WEs have been very useful to Somalia to fight with Islamic terrorists of Al-Shabaab. Sure, because no one has mentioned that the creation of the helicopter Z-9WEs is against the Western embargo on weapons sales to China (due to the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, the year).
Embargo against China is unpopular. Namely European companies want to abandon the embargo, and some, such as France, just ignore it. This is done without taking into account the supply of Western technology and dual-use equipment, used in weapons systems. One such example is the introduction of French engines Arriel 2C (built under license in China) on a combat helicopter Z-9WE.
Arriel 2C engine had to be used only for Chinese civilian helicopter, and in practice it has been established for more than three hundred of them. Of early model Z-9 helicopters were equipped designed and built in China engines WZ8A. They proved to be unsatisfactory. So now China notified the use of Arriel 2C engines for military helicopters Z-9WE.
The introduction of Western engines for military helicopters is not new. 5 years ago, China has established a Canadian slider PT6C-67C on helicopter Z-10. China ignores foreign protests and partly because of that European manufacturers of military equipment insist on the abolition embargo.
Helicopter Z-9 is a licensed version of the French AS 365N Dauphin. This four-ton helicopter carries two tonnes payload. China has built more than 200 Z-9 helicopters, and many of them were armed (with 2 23-mm cannons, torpedoes, anti-tank missiles and air-to-air missiles). Helicopter Z-9WE is an export option that is more easily modified western electronics and weapons. China Z-9WE exported in the last least four other African countries.