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Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2017, 10:58:43 PM »
China unveils two armed A-Hawk VTOL UAV models | Janes - 20 November 2017
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The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled two models of its A-Hawk series of strike-capable, reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017.

The multi-rotor A-Hawk I and A-Hawk II UAVs were marketed at the exhibition as being capable of carrying out military surveillance, cargo transport, and attack missions.


AVIC displayed a quarter-scale model of its A-Hawk I (also known as Cloud-1) VTOL UAV at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017. Source: Via Sina.com

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Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2018, 10:28:58 AM »
China’s Wing Loong II UAV test-fires five different missiles in single sortie, says report | Janes - 03 January 2018
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China’s newly developed Wing Loong II strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hit five targets in succession using five different types of missiles as part of a recent live-firing test, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 31 December 2017.

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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2018, 08:36:24 AM »
AVIC details Wing Loong UAS family future improvements | Air Recognition - 25 January 2018
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China will launch the Wing Loong ID in 2018, the latest model of the domestically-developed Wing Loong UAS family, with a series for a new model also underway, its developer AVIC has announced. The Wing Loong ID is developed by Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), a subsidiary of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

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The Wing Loong ID can play an important role in security, such as intelligence acquisition, surveillance, reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, border patrol, the fight against drug trafficking, and smuggling.

Moreover, it is capable in the civilian domain, such as territorial resources surveys, pipeline inspections, as well as disaster monitoring and evaluation.


AVIC Wing Loong II UAS at Airshow China 2016. Photo taken from airrecognition.com


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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2018, 06:46:02 AM »
PLAAF used civilian drones for the first time in logistics drill | Air Recognition - 29 January 2018
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According to China Military newspaper, the logistics department of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted in late January the first joint logistics support drill with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from two civilian companies which are both strategic partners of the PLAAF.

The two subjects of the joint UAV logistics support drill took place in Yunnan and Shaanxi respectively and involved three types of UAVs.

The dill conducted in Yunnan is drone delivery of urgently needed spare parts for a damaged radar in an air force position under the PLA Southern Theater Command under simulated war-time environment.

According to the military and civil aviation strategic cooperation agreement on the air force logistics support, an air base of the PLA Southern Theater Command worked with S.F. (Shun Feng) Express to carry out UAV air drop operation.

Six sets of radar maintenance equipment were checked, packed, labeled before they were loaded onto a S.F. medium-sized drone.

The logistic UAV flew to the sky over the radar position and airdropped the equipment. The final drop point was less than 50 meters away from the designated point. The whole process took 60 minutes, shortening about 90 minutes compared with the truck transportation adopted in the past.

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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2018, 10:20:34 PM »
As quoted from this Janes Article : http://www.janes.com/article/78147/indonesia-acquires-four-wing-loong-i-uavs-from-china

Indonesia acquires four Wing Loong I UAVs from China

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Indonesia has acquired four units of Wing Loong I UAVs with surface strike capabilities
Aircraft will be inducted with the country’s first composite UAV aviation squadron in West Kalimantan
The Indonesian government has acquired four strike-capable Wing Loong I medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (MALE UAVs) from Chinese state-owned aerospace and defence company Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

A contract for the aircraft was signed in 2017, and the UAVs will be operated by the Indonesian Air Force’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara’s: TNI-AU’s) Aviation Squadron 51 (Skadron Udara 51), multiple sources from within the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap confirmed separately with Jane’s between 22 and 25 February.The Wing Loong I UAV seen here in PLAAF livery. Indonesia has acquired four UAVs of the same type from China. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)
The Wing Loong I UAV seen here in PLAAF livery. Indonesia has acquired four UAVs of the same type from China. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

Aviation Squadron 51 is based near the city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan, and the unit shares a runway with the Supadio International Airport. The squadron currently operates Israeli-made Aerostar tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with stabilised, gimbal-mounted electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) sensor for surveillance missions. With the induction of the Wing Loong I, the unit will be Indonesia’s first composite UAV squadron with two different aircraft types.

The Wing Loong I was developed and manufactured by AVIC’s Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute (CADI) subsidiary. It has a length of 8.7 m, a height of 2.8 m, and features a wingspan of 14 m. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 1,150 kg and a payload capacity of 200 kg.

The UAV is powered by one piston engine, and has a service ceiling of 7,500 m (24,600 ft). It has a maximum range of approximately 108 n miles (200 km), and an endurance of about 20 hours. Payloads that can go on board the Wing Loong I include the DH-3010 search-and-rescue (SAR) radar, and the AVIC Luoyang LE380 EO/IR turret.

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Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2018, 03:04:43 AM »
China’s CASC readies improved CH-4 UAV | Janes - 01 March 2018
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China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is developing a new and more capable variant of its strike-capable Cai Hong 4 (Rainbow 4, or CH-4) medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under the designation of CH-4C, Jane’s has learned.

Company sources revealed that several of the enhancements planned for the new variant had been validated – alongside a new 100 kg-class laser-guided bomb (LGB) and new electronic reconnaissance payloads – during a six-day live-fire trial in north-western China in late January.

Although specific details of the CH-4C development could not be disclosed at this stage, Jane’s understands that new features will include an improved load carrying capacity and increased electrical power generation, as well as an updated data processing and electronic architecture. The baseline air vehicle’s build quality and flight control systems have also been upgraded to improve its ability to operate in adverse weather conditions.


A satellite communications-capable CH-4 seen for the first time with an electronic reconnaissance pod. Source: Jane's sources


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Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2018, 11:05:59 PM »
China defense industry presents CH-901 suicide drone at SOFEX 2018 | Army Recognition - 09 May 2018
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The CH-901 suicide drone is intended to combine the advantages of a drone and a bomb and can hover for 40 minutes before swooping down on a target. It can be used by Special Forces during counter-terrorism operations.

The CH-901 China is a portable killer drone which has a weight of 9 kg and can be easily carried by a single soldier and launch from the field to track down and attack opponents.

The CH-901 suicide drone can be fitted with warheads or camera to perform reconnaissance missions and located enemy positions. The CH-901 can fly at a speed from 7 to 120 km/h with a range of 10 km and, loaded with explosive warhead the drone can penetrate light armored vehicles.

The CH-901 can be armed with a fragmentation charge or a shaped charge warhead capable of penetrating 10 cm of armor and destroying tanks and light armored vehicles. The CH-901 is able to detect targets at a range of more than 1.5 km from an altitude of 450 m.


Chinese-made suicide drone CH-901 at SOFEX 2018, Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) held in Amman, Jordan. (Picture source Army Recognition)


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Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2018, 02:40:42 AM »
China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducts maiden flight | Janes - 09 July 2018
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Described as a strike-capable, reconnaissance platform aimed at international markets, the Yaoying II, which has also been seen bearing the name Air Sniper on its fuselage, took to the skies on 3 July from Anshun Huangguoshu Airport in China’s southern Guizhou Province.

The six m-long, fixed-wing platform, which features a rear-mounted propeller and is fitted with at least one hardpoint under each wing, can fly at speeds of up to 230 km/h, has a flight endurance of 16 h, and a service ceiling of 7,500 m, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post ( SCMP ) newspaper reported, citing AVIC.

China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducted its maiden flight on 3 July, Chinese media quoted its developer, AVIC, as saying. Source: Via mil.news.sina.com.cn

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Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2018, 10:13:28 AM »
AAD 2018: China’s Blowfish I VTOL UAV enters service with PLAN | Janes - 21 September 2018
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The Zhuhai-based UAV manufacturer, who did not provide any details about the number of Blowfish currently in service with the PLAN, showcased a model of the electric-powered 1.75 m-long platform at the show carrying three missile-like projectiles.

According to Ziyan, the Blowfish I has a maximum take-off weight of between 28 and 50 kg and an endurance of between 45 to 60 minutes. The UAV can reach an altitude of 5,100 m and carry a payload of between 7 and 12 kg, excluding its electro-optical system. Officials at the show told Jane’s that the UAV can also be equipped with anti-personnel grenades and be modified to deploy small sonobuoys upon customer request.


Chinese officials have revealed that the Ziyan Blowfish I VTOL UAV &#8211; shown here at AAD 2018 &#8211; has entered service with the Chinese navy. (Richard D Fisher Jr)

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Re: Chinese Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Drones
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2018, 10:08:03 AM »
Chinese Wing Loong II drones sold to Pakistan | Army Recognition - 11 October 2018 10:24
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The Wing Loong II is an improved version of the Wing Loong 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Falling in the category of Medium Altitude Long Endurance, it is manufactured by the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company. The UAV has been developed primarily for People’s Liberation Army Air Force and export. The concept of the Wing Loong II was unveiled at the Aviation Expo China in Beijing in September 2015.

Wing Loong II, made by Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company, is a high-end reconnaissance and strike multi-role endurance unmanned aircraft system. It made its maiden flight in February last year, the Xinhua News Agency reported. The largest overseas order for Wing Loong IIs was obtained even before the maiden flight, Xinhua reported. The report did not specify the buyer.

A deal involving as many as 48 Wing Loong IIs, if confirmed, would be China's largest export deal for drones to date, Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Monday. Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group did not confirm the deal when reached by the Global Times as of press time. The deal is nevertheless trustworthy, given the close military ties between the two countries and Pakistan's need for drones, Song said. Chinese drones will enjoy more success in the international market in the future, he said, as they perform similarly at a lower cost. "Chinese UAVs like Caihong series also has clients from countries like Iraq and Saudi Arabia," Song said.


Chinese Wing Loong II UAV, made by Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company (Picture source: Army Recognition)