No Longer Covered Up, China Showcases the Multipurpose Heli Z-20 to the World

Z-20 Helicopter BlackHawk
Z-20 Helicopter BlackHawk
China, - After its first public debut at the commemoration of the 70th Chinese National Day on October 1, 2019, the Z-20 helicopter was officially re-displayed at the China Helicopter Exposition (CHE) event on October 10-14, 2019.

During the 5th CHE event that took place in the city of Tinajin, China, four Z-20 helicopters performed a demonstration of flying performance.

Previously known, the multipurpose helicopter made by Harbin, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has been on its inaugural flight since 2013. However, the Chinese Government has never publicized its existence.
Z-20 Helicopter BlackHawk
Although it is predicted as a duplication of the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopter made in the United States (US), the Z-20 technology was developed independently by the Chinese aerospace industry.

Reporting from China Daily, Z-20 technology is even more mature compared to Black Hawk. Because, the Z-20 has implemented a flight control system FBW (fly-by-wire).

Another excellent feature applied to the Z-20 is the low-noise design for the rotor and has implemented a new anti-icing technology. Heli Z-20 has also used a glass cockpit complete with a multifunctional display screen (MFD).

In its role, the Z-20 helicopter was lined up to carry out military transportation missions day and night in all weather. Heli can also operate in high-altitude and oxygen-thin regions such as the Tibetan region.
Z-20 Helicopter BlackHawk
The helicopter with a maximum flying weight (MTOW) range of 9-11 tons is equipped with a pair of locally made WZ-10 turboshaft engines. The cabin can accommodate 14-20 troops and is manned by pilots and copilots. Its external load is estimated at 3-4 tons.

Heli Z-20 itself is estimated to have served for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2017. In addition to the PLAAF, the Z-20 will also be used PLA Ground Force and PLA Navy.

Perhaps the question is, if the Z-20 is indeed a copy of the Black Hawk, then where did China get it?

Now, as is known in 1984 the Chinese Government brought in 24 units of the US Sikorsky S-70 helicopter, the civilian variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk family. This heli is thought to be a provision for Chinese aerospace scientists to study.

The Heli S-70 is highly relied upon by the Chinese military to operate in the highlands. Even though they are old, the S-70 helicopters are still active in the ministry today.


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