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« on: November 08, 2016, 05:25:46 PM »
2014

China confirms CH-4 UCAV in PLA service at 'Peace Mission 2014' drill [IHS Jane's 360] - 1 September 2014


The CH-4, seen here in Abu Dhabi in 2013, is in PLA service, according to reports in state media. (IHS/Patrick Allen)

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Feng Aiwang, commander of the exercise's PLAAF battlegroup, said the CH-4 hit every target in several missile firings. The CH-4 (Cai Hong 4 or Rainbow 4), which has been characterised as China's answer to the United States' General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, operated alongside Z-10 and Z-19 attack helicopters, which also made their 'Peace Mission' debuts.

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Tianjin expo reveals Chinese UAV innovations, aspirations [IHS Jane's 360] - 11 September 2014


A view of another inflatable UAV seen at the Tianjin exhibition, showing externally mounted servos linked to control flaps. Source: Via Top81 website
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A new inflatable unmanned aerial vehicle seen at a unmanned technology exhibition held in Tianjin, China, at the end of August 2014. (Via Top81 website)
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Chief designer Zhang Bing Yan introduced the "software aircraft", which he filed patents for in 2011. In comments reported by local media he made it clear that he required greater funding to better develop the concept.

The inflatable UAVs at Tianjin were designated SF-1, SF-2 and SF-3 with wingspans of 2.5 m, 3 m and 4.3 m respectively. Zhang explained they have a useful load of 25 kg, a speed of about 20 km/h, range of about 100 km and a maximum altitude of 4,000 m. The UAVs can be filled with normal air or helium or hydrogen to achieve greater buoyancy.

Apparently constructed of thin polyvinal chloride (PVC) such as used on a common air mattress, the UAVs also use air inflation valves from an air mattress and were seen at the show being filled with a simple electric air-pump. Payloads apparently are carried near the centre-of-gravity, while externally-mounted servos operate control flaps. The UAVs at the show used electric motors and Zhang's craft employs automatic programme/computer-control to fly missions.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 05:27:55 PM »
2015

Images emerge of new Chinese twin-fuselage HALE UAV concept | IHS Jane's 360 - 28 May 2015
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Reportedly produced by the 601 Institute of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), the large twin-fuselage UAV concept, called 'Project 973' or 'Shen Diao' ('Divine Eagle'), has been the subject of speculative conceptual drawings since 2012.

These drawings showed a leading-edge mounted canard-wing configuration, but indicated platform was to perform as a high-altitude near space vehicle conducting surveillance, cuing, and communication missions.


An early image - apparently with a digital filter applied - of what may be a new large HALE UAV from the SAC appeared on a Chinese website on 27 May. Source: Via CJDBY website
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A graphic from a Chinese publication showing the employment concept for a large UAV similar to the Shenyang 'Divine Eagle' concept. (Via Top81 website)

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Army Recognition |  24 November 2015
China unveils its new home-made CH-5 combat and reconnaissance Drone at industry exhibition
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Designers said CH-5 is made of composite materials and has a wingspan of 20 meters. With a size twice as big as its previously developed counterparts, the drone can stay in the air for as long as about 40 hours and operate at an altitude of up to 10 km.

Compared with other military drones that usually have a maximum take-off weight of less than 1,500 kg, the CH-5 is much more powerful-it is able to fly with a weight of 3,000 kg and carry 900 kg of equipment and weapons, according to engineers at China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.

The CH-5 combat drone makes its maiden flight at an airport in northwestern China on Aug 26.(Photo/China Daily)

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 05:29:46 PM »
2016

Armed AVIC Harrier Hawk breaks cover | IHS Jane's 360 - 13 July 2016
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The aircraft features a tricycle undercarriage and is powered by a turboprop engine and three-bladed propeller. AVIC representatives were unable to reveal much about the aircraft, however, they did disclose that the system first flew in 2015, and has an endurance of 16 hours. The ground control station is housed in two truck containers.

At present, the UAV is operating in an unarmed version in China for use by military and commercial operators, with the platform featuring an electro-optical (EO) turret at the rear of the aircraft. The armed version of the UAV has four underwing hardpoints and a centreline fuselage hardpoint. The EO turret is a modular feature, with foreign systems potentially being integrated into the platform by operators.
AVIC's Harrier Hawk in its armed configuration, showing hardpoints and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) turret. Source: IHS/Charles Forrester

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Heavily armed CASC CH-5 UAV makes public debut | IHS Jane's 360 - 07 November 2016
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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) used Airshow China 2016, held in Zhuhai from 1-6 November, to show a prototype of its Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5, or CH-5) strike-capable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the public for the first time since its maiden flight in August 2015.


CASC showcased the export variant CH-4 armed reconnaissance UAV at the 2014 iteration of Airshow China. The air vehicle is to complement its latest CH-5 in a combined operating environment. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)
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CASC's CH-5 strike-capable UAV made its inaugural public appearance at Airshow China 2016. The existence of the company's latest and most capable air vehicle was first revealed by Chinese broadcaster CCTV in an August 2015 news clip. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)
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CASC showcased its latest CH-5 with four AR-1 and four AR-2 guided anti-armour weapons as underwing stores on each wing at Airshow China 2016, giving it an impressive 16-missile arsenal. Source: IHS/Kelvin Wong

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 03:53:58 PM »
China's homemade Wing-Loong II MALE UAS takes to the sky | air recognition - 28 February 2017
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China's home-developed Wing-Loong II, the new reconnaissance and strike multi-role endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), successfully completed its maiden flight Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. With a more than 20 meter wingspan, the yellow Wing-Loong II No.01 made its appearance on the runway of a highland airfield in western China at noon Monday, before conducting a 31-minute flight.

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The Wing-Loong UAS series were developed by Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute (CADI) of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

Li said it showed that China had the capability to deliver new generation reconnaissance and strike UAS products to foreign military customers.


CAIG Wing-Loong II was shown for the first time at Zhuhai Air Show 2016

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China defense industry will deliver 300 Wing Loong II / Pterodactyl II UAVs to Saudi Arabia. | army recognition - 20 March 2017
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In February 2017, Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) from China has successfully performed flight tests with the Wing Loong II, an improved variant of the Wing-Loong which was exhibited for the first time to the public during the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition held in Zhuhai in 2010.

The Wing Loong II is an upgraded version of the Wing Loong that enters in service with the Chinese Air Force in 2008. This UAV was also exported to many countries all over the world including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

As the Wing Loong I, he Wing Loong II is also an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in the category of MALE (Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance) which has length of 11 meters, a wingspan of 20.5 meters, and a height of 4.1 meters. It has a payload of 400 kg, which can include armament as as air-to-surface missiles, precision-guided missiles, bombs and air-to-air missiles.


The new Chinese-made Wing Loong II UAV at Zhuhai AirShow China 2016

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Re: China's Rainbow solar-powered UAV
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 04:08:20 AM »
China's Rainbow solar-powered UAV made first high-altitude flight test | Air Recognition - 03 June 2017
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The UAV reached an altitude of 20 km (65,000 ft), an altitude above where commercial airliners fly, but below orbiting satellites. The Chinese vehicle has a wingspan of more than 40 meters. It has eight propellers installed on the front of the wings fully covered by solar panels.

Such a vehicle is commonly referred to as an "atmospheric satellite" in that it can function as a low-orbit satellite to a certain extent. According to CAAA, the unmanned aerial vehicle will be used mostly for airborne early warning systems, aerial reconnaissance, disaster monitoring, meteorological observation and relay communications.

CAAA is a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Its principal mission is to test the aerodynamic performance of China's aerial and aerospace vehicles, including rockets, space modules and atmospheric reentry-vehicles.

(Source: China.org)


CAAA's Rainbow solar-powered UAV scale model unveiled at Zhuhai Air Show 2016
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The Rainbow UAV taking off for its first high-altitude flight (Credit: CCTV+)


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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2017, 11:47:03 AM »
China launches record-breaking UAV swarm | IHS Jane's 360 - 22 June 2017
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The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) claims to have set a new record for the number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in a swarm, the state-owned Xinhua news agency quoted the corporation as saying.

The 11 June news report states that the swarm comprised 119 UAVs, breaking CETC's previous record swarm of 67 UAVs. Xinhua did not mention when or where the event took place.

The size of the mini UAV swarm is greater than that trialled by the US Air Force in October 2016 when three Boeing F/A-18 Hornets deployed a swarm of 103 Perdix micro UAVs, which the US Department of Defense noted was one of the world's largest micro UAV swarms to date.


China's CETC claims to have set a new record for the number of UAVs launched in a swarm. Source: Via CCTV

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 12:52:14 PM »
China's CH-5 UAV production model completes maiden flight | Air Recognition - 16 July 2017
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The mass-production model of China's unmanned aerial vehicle CH-5, or "Rainbow 5", completed its first test flight in north China's Hebei Province Friday. Introduced at Air Show China 2016 in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai last year, the CH-5 can conduct reconnaissance, surveillance, patrol, target positioning and strike missions, according to its developer.

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The CH-5 has a wingspan of 21 meters and is capable of carrying up to 1,000 kg of equipment. It can stay in the air for 60 hours with a range of more than 10,000 kilometers, Shi said.

The CH-5 can also be used for civilian purposes such as resource surveying, marine environmental protection, disaster survey, marine law enforcement and emergency responses, Shi said.


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China's CH-5 UAV production model (Xinhua/Bai Guolong)

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Details of Chinese sea-skimming lethal drone prototype emerge[/b| | IHS Jane's 360 - 28 July 2017
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Developed by defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation's (CASC's) China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) subsidiary, the system has been given the product designation of CH-T1, although it is understood that the company prefers to identify it as the Ground Effect UAV (GEUAV) demonstrator.

The forward segment of the 5.8 m long GEUAV demonstrator is shaped like a conventional missile, with a cylindrical fuselage capped by an ogival nosecone where the radar seeker is located. Towards the rear is an unconventionally designed main body featuring two thick, long chord but short-span stubby wing structures running along the sides of its belly that combine to form a continuous wing-like undersurface. Two small outer wings can be found at the front of the main stub wings, along with upwards cranked V-tailfins at the rear that have an overall span of 3.8 m.


The CH-T1/Unmanned Ground Effect Air Vehicle demonstrator seen in flight during an undated demonstration. Source: Jane’s sources

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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2017, 06:28:19 PM »
China's CH-4 armed reconnaissance UAV receives upgrades | IHS Jane's 360 - 04 August 2017

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Chinese defence firm China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has incorporated a number of enhancements to its Cai Hong 4 (Rainbow 4, or CH-4) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that are now fully validated and available as options in its export product portfolio, Jane's has learned during a demonstration in northwest China in late July.

The CH-4 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class, strike-capable reconnaissance platform that has been developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), and is in service with a number of military forces in Central Asia and the Middle East.

According to the latest official specifications provided by CAAA, the CH-4 has a maximum take-off weight of 1,330 kg and a payload capacity of 345 kg. Glass fibre-based composite materials are used extensively to construct the 8.5 m-long main body and 18 m span wings, reducing the overall weight of the air vehicle as well as its radar cross-section (RCS).


An upgraded CH-4 reconnaissance/strike unmanned aerial vehicle, which can be identified by a more pronounced bulged nose section, being readied for a live-fire test with AR-1 and AR-2 anti-armour missiles at an undisclosed facility in northwest China. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong



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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 11:25:10 AM »
Chinese company Tengoen unveils several armed UAVs | IHS Jane's 360 - 19 September 2017
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Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two fixed-wing and two vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs.

One of the platforms displayed in the southern Chinese city was the TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’, which the company claims is the only Chinese twin-engine, twin-boom unmanned aerial system (UAS) on the market.

Using two reciprocating engines, the 10 m-long TB001 has a wingspan of 20 m, a maximum take-off weight of 2,800 kg, an endurance of 35 hours, and a maximum range of 6,000 km.

Equipped to conduct satellite control linkage and carrying an electro-optical targeting sensor under its fuselage, the exhibited TB001 also has two underwing pylons that can be fitted with dual launchers for small missiles or bombs.


Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance UAVs at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two VTOL and two fixed-wing UAVs. This image shows the company’s 10 m-long TB001 UAV. Source: Via Read01.com website

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AV500W unmanned helicopter
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2017, 01:58:12 PM »
Aviation Industry Corp of China promotes AV500W unmanned helicopter | Army Recognition - 22 September 2017

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The 7.2-meter-long aircraft, developed and produced at the AVIC Helicopter Research and Development Institute in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, has a maximum takeoff weight of 450 kilograms, a maximum speed of 170 kilometers per hour and a flight ceiling of 4,000 meters, according to the institute.

The helicopter is capable of carrying 120 kg of weapons and equipment. Its reconnaissance version can remain aloft for eight hours while the reconnaissance/combat model is able to fly four hours.

All of the military drones China has offered to the international market have been fixed-wing models, making the AV500W the first Chinese unmanned military helicopter available in that market, observers said.


Chinese AV500W unmanned helicopter at China Helicopter Expo.
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2017, 05:12:01 PM »
China’s CH-5 UAV conducts live-fire trial with new precision weapon | IHS Jane's 360 - 25 September 2017
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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has successfully integrated and launched a new precision guided missile (PGM) on its Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5, or CH-5) strike-capable, medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), Jane’s sources have confirmed.

The latest test was staged out of an undisclosed airport in the northwestern province of Gansu during the morning of 21 September, with CASC engineers successfully deploying a new 80 kg-class PGM – carrying a blast fragmentation warhead – via lock-on before launch (LOBL) targeting protocols from a production-model CH-5 at a launch altitude of 11,482 ft.


CASC’s latest CH-5 armed reconnaissance UAV pictured with guided weapons during a 21 September test at an undisclosed airport in north-western China. Source: Jane's sources

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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2017, 03:07:06 AM »
China's largest cargo drone goes airborne | Air Recognition - 27 October 2017
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China's heaviest cargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed its maiden flight in northwest China's Shaanxi Province Thursday. This unmanned freight aircraft, named AT200, was co-developed by the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other institutes.

The AT200 performed well in the 26-minute test flight in Pucheng, Northwest China's Shaanxi provinceon, on Thursday.

With a maximum take-off weight of around 3.4 tonnes and a payload of 1.5 tonnes, the AT200 could be one of the world's most powerful civilian UAVs, according to the institute.

Developed on a P750XL utility aircraft, the UAV has a maximum flying speed of 313 km per hour, a flight range of 2,183 kilometers and a 6,098-meter service ceiling.


China's heaviest cargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) AT200 flies during its maiden flight in Neifu Airport in Pucheng, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Oct. 26, 2017 (Credit: Zhang Zhihao/China Daily)

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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2017, 04:58:36 PM »
China’s Sunic-Ocean targets regional maritime security roles with SU-H2M UAV | IHS Jane's 360 - 27 October 2017
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Sunic-Ocean System Tech (Sunic-Ocean), a Qingdao-based research and development company specialising in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and autonomous flight control systems, has completed development of its SU-H2M vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV, Jane’s has learnt.

The SU-H2M features a 3.81 m-long tadpole-shaped fuselage with a skid undercarriage that carries a two-bladed carbon fibre main rotor with a diameter of 3.2 m. A two-bladed tail rotor is fitted on dorsal and ventral swept vertical tail surfaces towards the rear.

According to specifications provided by Sunic-Ocean, the SU-H2M has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 110 kg and is powered by a water-cooled four-stroke rotary engine rated at 34hp. This configuration enables the air vehicle to carry a 10 litre AV gas fuel tank along with a 35 kg payload.


The SU-H2M has a small operating footprint, which is intended to support shipborne operations. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)