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lcloo

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Basically they just added a domestic version of ESSS (External Store Support System) to Z20 so that it can carry tons of missiles, rockets, cannon and fuel tank. What is more interesting is : Have they upgraded the engine, seeing that they have revised the gas exhaust tube facing upward.

China had experimented with ESSS on their S-70C-2 Black Hawk a long time ago, so this development was only to be expected. I am looking towards a dedicated heavy attack helicopter based on Z20.

A very old photo of PLA Aviation S-70C-2 with Chinese versiion of ESSS.
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More photos of the new Z-20 "Battlehawk" variant. Looks like it has a chin-mounted cannon. Some are saying it is a pitot tube but it looks too long to be one, plus pitot tubes aren't usually mounted on the chin.

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More photos of the new Z-20 "Battlehawk" variant. Looks like it has a chin-mounted cannon. Some are saying it is a pitot tube but it looks too long to be one, plus pitot tubes aren't usually mounted on the chin.
no, ist is clearly not a Gin but also not a regulär pitot but a langer air-data sensor probe commonly seen in prototypes.
 
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More photos of the new Z-20 "Battlehawk" variant. Looks like it has a chin-mounted cannon. Some are saying it is a pitot tube but it looks too long to be one, plus pitot tubes aren't usually mounted on the chin.

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Inflight refuelling probe? With high shp engines being more powerful than attack helicopter, guess they'll make Z-20 part time attack helicopter while deploying troops to frontline.
 

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CG artist impression of Z20 with attached ESSS and its load of missiles and rockets. Besides weapon, fuel tank can be attached, freeing the interior cabin space from the large attachable yellow fuel tank that we saw so often.

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