Chinese soldiers train on the Binzhou frigate, the commanding ship of China’s 29th naval escort fleet for anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters. The training included shooting practice and abseiling from a helicopter. File photo: China News Service

China’s latest vessel-borne helicopter will take the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s combat capability to a new level, Chinese military experts said on Tuesday after a full-sized model of the navy variant of the Z-20 utility helicopter was allegedly spotted testing on a warship for the first time.

Citing a photo that surfaced on Chinese social media, Weapon magazine reported, via its social media account, on Saturday that the Z-20 navy variant was on board a Chinese destroyer and its characteristic appearance made it clearly identifiable.

Generally the same helicopter as the army version, the vessel-based navy version can additionally minimize its size in the hangar through design features like foldable rotor blades, judging from the photo. It might also feature extra anti-corrosion capabilities and stronger landing gear said Weapon magazine affiliated with the state-owned China North Industries Group Corporation, a major manufacturer of Chinese military equipment and weapons.

Having a full-sized model on board for testing means the PLA is studying the practical adaptability of the Z-20 on ships, testing for things such as how the helicopter would enter and exit the hanger and how much space it would actually take up, Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Compared to other in-service shipboard helicopters, the Z-20 has a good takeoff weight (while remaining not oversized on ships) and can better adapt to situations at seas, Li said.

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Often compared to the US’ UH-60 Black Hawk, the Z-20 is a 10 ton-class medium-lift utility helicopter that can adapt to different terrain and weather, military experts told the Global Times previously.

It would have the capabilities to fly on destroyers, amphibious landing docks, amphibious assault ships and aircraft carriers, undertaking a wide range of tasks including anti-submarine warfare, reconnaissance missions, transportation as well as search and rescue on the high seas, Li said, noting that the helicopter will play an important role in the multidimensional and digitalized battlefield.

The Z-20 will help the Navy reach a higher level of effectiveness, Li noted.

The helicopter is seen by many military enthusiasts as a member of China’s most advanced “20 series” aircraft, with the others being the J-20 stealth fighter jet, the Y-20 large transport plane and the H-20 strategic bomber.

The army version of the Z-20 has reportedly entered trial service, but the alleged commissioning has not yet been officially confirmed.

 

Source: Global Times

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Harbin Z-20
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Sikorsky S-70/UH-60 Black Hawk
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Harbin is very creative 🤣 PLAAF bought 24 S-70 in the early 80’s

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Harbin Z-5, 1958
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Mil Mi-4, 1953
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Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw/S-55, 1950
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Harbin Z-9, 1994
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Aérospatiale (Airbus) SA 365 Dauphin, 1972
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Harbin Z-15/Aviv AC352, 2016
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Airbus (Eurocopter) H175 (EC-175), 2009
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Changhe Z-8/Avic AC313, 2013
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Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon, 1966
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Harbin H-5
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Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle, 1950
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Harbin SH-5, 1986
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Shin Meiwa US-1A, 1967
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Beriev Be-12, 1960
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+++ “Often compared to the US’ UH-60 Black Hawk”
>>> I don’t think that the word “compared” was used… More likely… “copied”?
In aviation, China is desperately boring…

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Chengdu J-20
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Lockheed ATF (F-22 program) concept, 1984-1985, Abandoned, well, not by everybody
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For -31, don’t worry, there was a dual-engine proposal for F-35 too

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If it was to base a fighter on copied stuff, I’d opt for other stuff… McDonnell Douglas X-36 : A full scaled dual engine version would be stealthier than F-22 Rockwell RPRV-870 HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) : probably the most hypermanoeuvrable airframe ever built. And it’d had been easy to recycle Saab J-35 Draken as 5th gen, even adding some lifting body features… The Chinese are gear is still nowhere near to get some edge : military aviation requires creativity, e.g., the 36 Rafales India started to receive in May : the 2 squadrons, if equipped specifically for air-superiority… Read more »

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