Z-20 to be China’s most advance Mily helicopter

BEIJING: China’s latest commissioned and fully domestically made tactical utility helicopter, the Z-20, is expected to become the country’s most-delivered chopper by ntering service with not only the Chinese army, but also the nation’s air, naval forces and armed police, with additional prospects of export sales, said the chief designer of the helicopter. The Z-20 could play a role similar to the UH-60 Black Hawk in the US military and reach a similar number of deliveries as those for the US helicopter, analysts predicted on Thursday.
The Z-20 helicopter will be developed into a series and serve in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Army, as well as in the Air Force, the Navy and the People’s Armed Police Force, and it may even serve abroad soon, Deng Jinghui, the chief designer at the China Helicopter Research and Development Institute of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China, said on China Central Television (CCTV) on Thursday.
When the Z-20 was in the design stage, the idea was for it to become a medium-sized utility helicopter with wide application scenarios just like the US’ UH-60 Black Hawk series, which is in service with multiple US military branches, Wang Ya’nan, a military aviation expert and chief editor of Beijing-based Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times on Thursday.
In terms of tactical transport tasks, the Z-20 can rapidly deliver key equipment, goods and combat personnel, or retrieve the wounded from the frontline. It can also work with warships including amphibious landing ships and aircraft carriers, Wang said, noting that the helicopter can be modified into special-mission variants for anti-submarine warfare, patrol and reconnaissance duties.
Deng said that he hopes the Z-20, China’s fourth-generation helicopter that represents the country’s highest technological level, will become the most-delivered type of helicopter in the country and remain in service for a long time.
– The Daily Mail-Global Times News exchange item