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Chinese Z-20F ASW helicopter makes tantalising appearance

10th April 2020 - 01:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


It is well known that one significant capability gap in the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is an effective anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter, but the Z-20F will soon fill that hole. Photos circulating recently on the Chinese internet showed a second example of a naval Z-20 that is apparently undergoing trials.

This second helicopter, a Z-20F (pictured), had a larger chin-mounted sea search radar than was seen on the naval helicopter that appeared in a photo on the Chinese internet last year. Indeed, this later helicopter appears outfitted specifically to fulfil the ASW role.

The earlier Z-20 iteration may represent

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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