Welcome to SOFREP’s first Intelligence Report, or INTREP.

What is an INTREP? An intelligence report (INTREP) refers to a detailed document, typically focused on a singular topic, produced across any command level during tactical operations. Its primary goal is to ensure the swift dissemination of information, aligning with the urgency and relevance of the data.

Doing a Double Take

Well, from all appearances, it seems the folks in China have taken an AH-64E Apache, popped it in a photocopier, and created their next-generation Z-21 attack helicopter. Boeing Defense, Space & Security should be flattered, as imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

That’s our Apache in the lower photo, in case you were wondering.

Straight Outta China

China is developing a new attack helicopter, tentatively designated as the Z-21, which is poised to rival the capabilities of the US Boeing AH-64 Apache and the Russian Mil Mi-28 Havoc. This new aircraft appears larger than the current AVIC Changhe Aircraft Industries Group Z-10 attack helicopter used by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), featuring a wider central fuselage that aligns with the Apache’s dimensions. It also incorporates advanced features to reduce its infrared signature, such as upward-facing engine exhausts and is equipped with self-defense measures, including laser warning system sensors.