The WZ-9 is an armed utility helicopter built by the Chinese Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation for the People's Liberation Army. The helicopter is a licensed copy of the French Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin and has been in service since 1994.
Although originally manufactured as a utility helicopter under the designation Z-9, the helicopter was modified with hardpoints on stub wings to mount anti-tank rockets and missiles. The primary use for the armed version was to be an interim attack helicopter while the WZ-10, a dedicated attack helicopter, was being developed. It still serves its interim role while the WZ-10 is being put into full production.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
In Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, the WZ-9 takes on a role very similar to the UH-60L Black Hawk. It has a pilot who controls the aircraft, as well as having access to anti-tank rocket pods. Unlike the Mi-24 Hind, the WZ-9 has two gunner positions, each armed with an M134 Dillon Minigun. On top of that, the vehicle carries another two passengers that have access to their kit weapons and gear.
In singleplayer, the WZ-9 is used by the player in the mission Heavy Tonnage to destroy the cargo freighter, and is also seen in Air Traffic Control used by the PLA, although the player can kill the pilots before they reach their helicopters and steal one themselves.
The vehicle handles much like the Black Hawk, although it is less maneuverable than the AH-64 Apache, AS-665 Tiger, or the Mi-24. With a coordinated team, the vehicle can be a very stable weapons platform, being able to take down enemy armor with the pilot's rockets, while the gunners deal with infantry, as well as being able to drop off two more infantry, or have its passengers repair the vehicle.
The vehicle is equipped with two CS/LM12 miniguns for the two gunners to use, with one minigun on either side of the helicopter. The other two passengers can use their personal equipment, including use of the Repair Tool to repair the helicopter in flight. As with all transports in the game, it has no unlocks or upgrades, and only the paint scheme can be customized. Its default paint/finish is a shiny black, similar to the WZ-10.