Harbin Z-20, Chinese Helicopter Claimed to Be Able to Beat US Black Hawk Helicopters. China has a multifunctional helicopter Harbin Z-20 which is predicted to be able to beat the S-70/UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the United States (US). Reporting from Jetline Marvel, the Harbin Z-20 developed by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) is inspired by the S-70/UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that China acquired in the 1980s. Earlier in the 1980s, China wanted some helicopters that could be used as medium utility helicopters in China’s mountainous region.
China acquired the US-made Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in 1984. Twenty-four of these Sikorsky S-70C-2 helicopters are civilian versions of the UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopters, but are already in service with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Reporting from the Global Times, Tuesday (22/8/2023), in an interview with CCTV last year, Z-20 designer Deng Jinghui said the helicopter he designed was superior to the Black Hawk.
This is not a copy of Black Hawk, it is superior to Black Hawk Deng said at the time.
The Z-20 made its public debut in 2013 and has been in service with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) since 2019. It is considered one of the most advanced medium-lift helicopters in the world. The Z-20 is a large helicopter with a length of 18 meters and a wingspan of 16 meters. The helicopter has two turboshaft engines and has a maximum speed of 360 kilometers per hour.
The helicopter is also equipped with a variety of sensors, including a radar, FLIR, laser rangefinder. Pulley and winch, which can be used to rescue personnel or carry out evacuation operations.
The Z-20 can carry up to 30 people or 10 tonnes of cargo.
The helicopter can also be armed with machine guns, cannons and missiles. The Z-20 is considered to have a lot in common with the US pride helicopter. The Z-20 has been deployed in a number of exercises and operations, including the 2019. Military exercise in the South China Sea. This helicopter is also deployed to the Middle East to support China’s military operations there.