A foldable winged-drone indicating aircraft-carrier deployment was displayed at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai.
Designated HK-5000G, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) appeared on display at the booth of the Aeromarine Intelligent Equipment Company, a subsidiary of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.
The model of the drone looks like that of a medium- and high-altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. Global Times newspaper quoted Liu Yubao, vice manager of the company's research and development department as saying that the HK-5000G is a vessel-based armed reconnaissance drone. Liu said. "It can carry a payload for scouting missions or missiles for combat."
The drone potentially has an endurance of 12 hours and weighs about 5 tons, Liu said however that these were early specs.
Russias Krylov State Research Center (KSRC) has devised a new design concept for its future semi-catamaran aircraft carrier. The model of a future non-nuclear multirole aircraft carrier was presented for the first time at the Army-2018 forum in August this year
Weaponry and equipment test will be in focus as China's first domestically built aircraft carrier Type 001A embarked on its second sea trial on Sunday. However, the all-important tests of aircraft and helicopter landing-and-take off would be tested in subsequent trials; various experts were quoted as saying by Global Times
Chinas third aircraft carrier will be more advanced than the Liaoning or the Type 001A, and is currently at the construction stage, Chinese media reported. Several media outlets, including South China Morning Post and the Diplomat, reported that a third aircraft carrier, Type 002, is under construction at the Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard Group, although it is yet to be officially confirmed
The China Central Television released a video footage showing People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy carrier-borne fighter jets taking off and landing back onto the carriers deck Thursday. The night landing is a huge challenge for pilots since it is difficult for them to distinguish signal lights at night, Carrier expert Li Jie was quoted as saying by Global Times news daily Friday
The Chinese People's Liberation Army has handed over smart watches to individual combat solders that provide secure communication, navigation and a host of other features. A photo of the watch released on state media shows icons for message, heart rate and satellite signal strength among others
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