Mysterious helicopter emerges in China: a new, stolen model or a cloned Bin Laden raid’s stealth chopper?

Sep 03 2013 - 8 Comments

An interesting image has emerged from the prolific Chinese Internet.

It depicts a mysterious helicopter being moved on a truck in China. Even if the aircraft is hidden below a protective covering, its shape can be guessed.

The chopper seems to have something in common with the U.S. UH-60 Black Hawk, hence it may be a Z-20, a Chinese model believed to be based on the S-70C, a medium transport/utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky already in service with the People’s Liberation Army.

However, there is another intriguing and (less likely) possibility: China has reverse-engineered the Stealth Black Hawk helicopter used by the Navy SEALs in the Osama Bin Laden raid.

Obviously this is a far fetched theory, since only a few chunks survived the crash landing at Abbottabad. Still, on Aug. 14, 2011, several media outlets all around the world, published the news that China was given access by Pakistani intelligence to the remains of the Stealth Black Hawk used during Operation Neptune’s Spear.

What if they copied the general design of the tail rotor and, just like this author did with Ugo Crisponi, designed a chopper whose shape is similar to the one of the U.S. black MH-X or the Israeli Stealth Yanshuf?

Image credit: via Chinese Military Aviation


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  • ric

    this helicopter is really small, I think a Black Hawk is bigger than a car !?

    • qu4ttro

      you do see that its just a fuselage sitting on the trailer of a three axle semi truck yes?

  • ALFaviation

    PLAAF bought 24 S-70C in the eighties, why could’nt be one of these ?

  • OG_Locc

    Looks like a normal Blackhawk nose.

    • Paul

      KA-60 would be my guess

  • Liembo

    I mocked up a bunch of overlays of the shroud on various Chinese S-70C images. I did not alter the aspect of the shroud at all. Looks like a match, minus the engine assembly and tail rotor:

  • joe tusgadaro

    It’s the Chinese reverse engineered S-70. Seriously I think they call it the Z-20?

    edit here is a bit on it.

  • David

    They did the H-60 one better going with a 5-bladed rotor system, IHMO, based on my 15 years of helicopter experience.