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China Develops Z 20 helicopter for Plateau Operations

China's Z-20 chopper features powerful homemade engine enabling operations on the Tibetan Plateau as the PLA is increasingly focusing on building capabilities in TAR.

Citing Global Times, China Military Online Editor Chen Zhuo reported on October 8, 2019 that China's latest commissioned and fully domestic manufactured military helicopter, the Z-20, is equipped with a homemade engine powerful enough for it to fly in low-oxygen plateaus, and features world-leading innovative technology, said the chopper's makers.

The Z-20 made its public debut at the National Day parade on October 1.

At the 2019 China Helicopter Development Forum in Tianjin, Wang Xibao, chief engineer at Harbin Aircraft Industry Group under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), told the Global Times that it is "of an advanced level in the 21st century."

"It uses many technologies that should be considered advanced in the world, including the active vibration control, fly-by-wire, low-noise design for rotor and high performance aerodynamic design of the rotor," ........................

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