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Quantity over quality. The phrase "Made in China" isn't synonymous with lower quality for nothing.
On Dec. 23, at 14.11 Local Time, Chinese medium lift utility helicopter dubbed Z-20 made its first flight.
As the image (published on a Chinese Internet website and then made available by Alert5) shows, the chopper is clearly based on the U.S. Black Hawk type (China operates 24 Black Hawk procured in 1983 as S-70C-2).
Still, it features some peculiar things: the 5-blade rotor, a larger cabin and a different landing gear and tail.
Z-20 is believed to be a 10-ton chopper that will be used to replace Mi-17 and Mi-171 helos within People’s Liberation Army.
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The problem is...their best doesn't have to beat ours every time. It only has to beat ours once. They mass produce systems and throw people into the fight like it's a free resource. We cherish every last life as our own, and every air frame as a national asset. That is our weakness and their strength, and they'll play that to the maximum if it ever comes to that, I'm sure.