Z-20

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  1. ZeEa5KPul
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    Is there any word about a successor to the WZ-10? The T700 (most advanced variant ~1500kW) is going to be replaced with the T901 (~2200kW) beginning in 2024. That's the plan but whenever the US military announces anything, add years of delays.
     
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    There is a 2000 to 2200 kw program ongoing for a few years already, categorized as 5th gen. As usual, we won't hear anything until it is already in operation like WZ-10, WZ-9 etc. If we are lucky some years from now, we may see a research paper related to type-xxx WZ engine of 2000 kw class, by that time the engine would have been in prototype testing already.
     
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    You should really read the actual billing for the NH-90 before making claims about what it is and is not billed as:
    http://www.nhindustries.com/website/docs_wsw/RUB_9/tile_456/NH90_brochure_NHI_2019.pdf

    Let me quote some choices parts for you:
    pg 7: "the NH-90 is agile, stealthy, safe, efficient and powerful"
    pg 19: "low radar cross section"
    pg 20: "diamond shape for low radar cross section"
    pg 20: "IRS to lower the infrared signature"

    So clearly there were deliberate attempts to lower both the RCS as well as the IR signature for this helicopter, a helicopter whose shape you casually dismissed as "lines to reduce drag". OTOH clearly the NH-90's RCS reduction is not nearly on the same level of stealth as the Comanche. Hence, my descriptor of semi-stealth, which is clearly what the NH-90 is being "billed" as.
     
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    Covered.

    Finish is incredible. I think it is not only the paint. When I first saw the hi-res pictures, I thought it was composite instead of metal.
     
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    Three more high-resolution images.

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    Looks as if the chopper is leather coated, not shiny metallic in appearance.
    pardon my ignorance, possible RAM coating ??
     
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    Extremely unlikely that this is any kind of RAM. RAM only gets you 10% of the way. Body shaping is like 90% of stealth, so if you don't see any shaping, then RAM is unlikely to be present given its expense and maintenance headaches.
     
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    That did not stop USAF to cover some F-16s in have glass, right?

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    Z-20 paint looks different. Very smooth. Maybe it is smt.
     
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    You mean the paint like this? Nothing fancy, just low observatory paint.
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    I love that the PLA has discovered matte black. Now if they can only find flat dark earth...
     

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