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Why does the Chinese Z20 helicopter resemble the US-built Blackhawk?

we will carry out research on the cause of the Harbin Z20 aircraft, which resembles a Blackhawk helicopter. We’ll look into some important details

China is known for the bulk of technological items, and the majority of the globe uses Chinese products directly and indirectly. However, it was difficult for the Chinese to achieve success in the aircraft sector. However, they have passed through some difficult times in creating their own aircraft.

China, on the other hand, has created Fifth Generation fighter aircraft. China has learned to now produce a large number of airplanes. Most of us are surprised as to why the Chinese helicopter Z20 looks so much like the American Black Hawk chopper.


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In this article, we will carry out research on the cause of the Harbin Z20 aircraft, which resembles a Blackhawk helicopter. We’ll look into some important details concerning it.


Earlier in the 1980s, China desired some helicopters that could be used for high-altitude medium utility helicopters that could operate in China’s mountain regions. It acquired the US-built Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in 1984. These 24 Sikorsky S-70C-2 helicopters are civilian versions of the military UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, but they have already been deployed with the People’s Liberation Army.

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It is unclear why China converted a civilian helicopter into an army helicopter. One of the key reasons the US has been dissatisfied with the move is that China has been unable to purchase more Sikorsky aircraft as a result of the fallout from the 1989 Tiananmen Square riots, which resulted in an EU and US arms embargo. This resulted in the creation of an indigenous “10-tonne helicopter project” in 2006, and the Z-20 made its first flight on December 23, 2013.

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China has recognized the importance of helicopters in terms of defense and humanitarian aid in the country’s emergency circumstances. In the industry, the began to build his own helicopter.

It could serve as a multi-role naval helicopter for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), being small enough to be compatible with all PLAN boats while also incorporating a full suite of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities.


China’s Z20 is based on the basic design of the Blackhawk, however, the most recent update of the Blackhawk is far more advanced than the 1980 model chopper. The helicopter has fly-by-wire controls and a five-bladed main rotor, whereas the Black Hawk has four.

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The tail-to-fuselage joint frame is more angular than that of the Black Hawk, allowing for the additional lift, cabin capacity, and durability. Satellite communications or the BeiDou satellite navigation system are expected to be housed in the fairings behind the engine exhausts and on the spine.

  • The Z20 can carry 12-15 personnel, whilst the Blackhawk can carry 11 troops. Both helicopters have the same length of 65 feet, and their maximum takeoff weight is roughly 10,000 kg.
  • The Z20 has a top speed of 360 km/h, whereas the Blackhawk has a top speed of 294 km/h.
  • The Z20 has a ferry range of up to 560 kilometers, while the Blackhawk has a range of 2,221 kilometers.
  • The Black Hawk and Z20 have the ability to carry many weapons in the weapons bay, and the Z20 also has the same weapon categories.

He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)