China’s Z-20 helicopter variations for anti-submarine warfare, assault spotted
Two new variations of China’s Z-20 utility helicopter for anti-submarine warfare and assault were recently reported by media.
The Z-20 is expected to see wide applications and spawns even more variations for different tasks to boost combat efficiency and lower mass production costs, analysts said on Thursday.
The light gray-painted chopper flying in a coastal region was seen in a photo released by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) South China Sea Fleet in a statement introducing the fleet’s recent exercises on Wednesday.
Beside the color difference from the original Z-20’s dark green camouflage, the variation has a round, down-facing radar dome under its nose, and its rear landing gear is not equipped under the end of the tail but at the end of the cabin, the photo shows.
Military observers said this Z-20 is a vessel-based, anti-submarine warfare variation.