The Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics (CAAA) on Wednesday revealed the CH-10 tilt-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will be featured at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai next week.
The CH-10 is a new unmanned aerial vehicle integrating helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft technology, Global Times reported quoting a CAAA statement.
The main mission of the CH-10 is to accompany large- and medium-sized naval ships or army forces and to conduct intelligence, reconnaissance, detection, communications relay, search, target identification, and relay guidance, the statement said.
The drone can take off and land vertically and hover in the air like a helicopter, while as a fixed-wing aircraft, it cruises rapidly and travels a long distance. The shift of flight modes is done through the tilting rotor, the statement said.
It can take off and land on medium and large destroyers and frigates, it said. The development of the CH-10 will also provide invaluable experience for China to develop its manned tilt-rotor aircraft.
The surprising announcement of the CH-10 is indicative of China’s advancement in tilt-rotor technology as only the United States and a handful of its allies have brought this technology to fruition.
China's CH-5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also known as ‘Rainbow 5 and claimed to be its biggest UAV so far, made its maiden flight in Gansu province, state media reported on Monday. With a wingspan of 20 meters, a maximum take-off weight of 3 tons, maximum payload of around 900 kilograms and an endurance of more than 30 hours at low- and medium-altitude, the UAV is twice the size of previous Chinese –made military UAV, the Beijing Times claimed
China has reconditioned a front-line airfield for patrolling the Diaoyutai islands over which it is in a dispute with Japan. The drone flights are intended for the surveillance and reconnaissance of the Diaoyutai islands which are currently under Japanese rule
The Pentagon's annual report on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) revealed China's plan to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms. The report released on Friday added that apart from operating many armed and unarmed China drone aircraft, China is also developing long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for intelligence gathering as well as bombing attacks
China has tested its first stealth combat drone, a "Sharp Sword" unmanned aircraft, state media said Friday, citing online photos of an aircraft resembling a shrunken US B2 bomber and hailing the advance toward Western-level technology. "The successful flight shows the nation has again narrowed the air-power disparity between itself and Western nations," the China Daily newspaper said, adding the flight made China the "fourth power
China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast an image from a distance of what was identified as the “Sky Hawk,” high-altitude, long-range and high-speed drone powered by a turbofan engine, a first for Chinas impressive range of military unmanned vehicles. Developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), the Sky Hawk conducted a test flight at an undisclosed location in China, the CCTV report said
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