Chinese UAV & UCAV development

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    1/4 scale model of Cloud-1 man-portable drone. I haven't found the specs for it yet:
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    Target drones with stealthy shaping...

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    Here is write up on the new UAV
    http://www.eastpendulum.com/le-drone-hale-tyw-1-de-luniversite-beihang-fait-son-roll-out
    HALE TYW-1 drone from Beihang University rolls out
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    HENRI KENHMANN
    NOVEMBER 14, 2017
    The sector of complex drones continues to become commonplace in China, and as proof, the major manufacturers are not alone in being able to design, manufacture, test and even market this kind of higher-end products and we see emerging more in addition to Chinese universities that are also attacking this market. The latest is Beihang University, also known as the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics or BUAA, which today unveiled its new TYW-1 "Tian Ying" drone (天鹰 in Chinese, Sky Hawk) , fresh out of the assembly line.

    This High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone is 9.85 meters long and weighs 1500 kg on takeoff. Its large wingspan of 18 meters, a lightweight cell made of carbon fiber and the piston engine saving it provide a good enough autonomy, namely 40 hours in flight at a cruising speed of 150 km / h.

    The drone is also able to carry 370 kg of payloads and fly up to 7,500 meters.

    According to Beihang company official Zhang Ying (北航 长 鹰 航空 科技), a subsidiary created by Beihang at the end of August in Taizhou for the production and marketing of general aviation and military UAVs, including the "Tian Ying", the latter will be used mainly in land or sea reconnaissance missions. For this it is equipped with a seven-channel optronic ball, "able to identify the numbers on a license plate flying at 3000 meters altitude and a distance of 50 km".

    There is also the presence of four visible pylons under the wing, suggesting that the drone could also be armed, but this remains to be confirmed. The drone is obviously not equipped SATCOM antenna, at least not for the moment, however it seems to provide a C-band Air-Sol antenna under the fuselage for Line-Of-Sight (LOS).

    In terms of production capacity, Beihang Zhang Ying plans to produce annually, by 2019, one hundred large and small drones, and one hundred medium-sized drones. The projected turnover would reach at least 2 billion yuan , or about 258 million euro at the current exchange rate.



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    The drone "Tian Ying" is doing its roll-out, accompanied by two BZK-005 (?) (Image: 浙江 卫视)

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    The 7-way optronic ball of the "Tian Ying" drone (Image; 浙江 卫视)

    It should be noted that the "Tian Ying" drone was designed and assembled in only 14 months, as of September 2016, it is the same phenomenon observed as another Chinese HALE drone, TB001 "Double-tailed Scorpion" , also developed by a Chinese university. But this time the very short cycle could come from a very different reason.

    Indeed, the characteristics and the aerodynamic configuration of "Tian Ying" are similar to those of another drone designed by Beihang, the famous BZK-005 , which today performs strategic reconnaissance missions for the army of the air and the Chinese Navy (see our file " The Eastern Fleet reveals its drone regiment "). We also see the two drones filmed together in the report of a local television channel.

    It is more than plausible that the "Tian Ying" is a modernized and exportable version of the drone BZK-005, since it is a question of proposing this drone on the international market, if one believes in the same televised report.

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    A BZK-005 drone in a military parade in 2015.

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    A BZK-005 drone photographed by the Japanese Army over the East China Sea (Image; 防衛 省)

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    Another 1/4 scale model of a man-portable(?) UAV:
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    Wing Loong II again (2048 x 1356):
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    Larger version of previously posted photo with legible texts (2048 x 1536)
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    via JSCH from pakdef. Beside transportation drone will be used extensively in agriculture and allow farmer to grow premium organic fruit and veggie for large urban center
    “World’s first cargo drone” testing in skies over China
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    Published November 13, 2017 at 9:03 PM
    Updated November 13, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Many drone makers are going small, developing pint-sized UAVs packed with technology. But others are focusing on counting on large cargo carrying craft.

    CGTN’s Mike Walter has more on such drone.


    At nearly 12 meters long, China’s brand new AT200 drone is large enough to deliver a small car. And with the aircraft’s speed and weight-limit, that may be possible: it can fly more than 2,100 kilometers at a time, cruise at around 313 kilometers per hour, and carry 1.5 tons of cargo.

    Its second public flight was earlier this month in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, where designers showed off what they call the drone’s “one-click landing.” Click one button, and the unmanned aerial vehicle flies itself.

    There are, however, some important features still missing.

    “In the future, the drone has to be equipped with an air traffic response device, so that air traffic controllers will know exactly where the airplane is located in real time,” according to chief designer Ma Xiaoping.

    Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences spent 17 months developing the AT200, transforming it from an ordinary small plane to an unmanned cargo aircraft. Though impressive, the drone is not yet ready to roll down just any runway. It requires a specific set of conditions to operate, meaning it cannot yet take off and land at airports with runways built made out of dirt or grass, and those at high altitudes.

    Nonetheless, the AT200 could soon take to the skies and join delivery drones from companies like Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com. It’s working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to test unmanned drones capable of carrying packages and other goods.

    The hope is to fly these vehicles into remote parts of China, lowering the high price of goods in far flung locations like Xinjiang.

    What’s more, goods produced in these remote regions could more easily get to bigger cities. And as transportation costs go down, so do the prices consumers pay.

    “We are working with local governments and farmers, and have already set up scores of production bases for fruit and other agricultural produce around the country,” according to Liu Qiangdong, CEO and chairman of JD.com. “We want to build competitive agricultural product brands in each region. Branded products sell at a premium and when farmers earn more money, they are more willing to grow safer and higher-quality produce.”

    This year’s “China Agriculture and High-tech Fair” featured nearly 80 drones designed for farming applications. Pesticide sprayers, which automatically detect how much pesticide is needed then spray with accuracy down to millimeter-levels, received much of the attention.
     
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    From Henri K blog. This thing would be ideal for border patrol in Tibet

    The Chinese AV500 helicopter drone continues its high-plateau trials in the Golmud-Tibetan town, located more than 4,300 meters above sea level.

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    It seems it reached a maximum of ~5000m above sea level:
    https://www.rotor.org/Publications/...unmanned-helicopter-makes-ceiling-record.aspx

    I'm not sure that is high enough to patrol the border in Tibet - if the airfields are at 4300m, the mountains forming the border will most likely be even higher.
    Range and maximum payload will be much reduced in these conditions.

    But I guess it would be good enough to keep an eye on Lhasa from above.
     
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    You need to fly your drone not at the level of the tops of the mountains but a few hundred meters above the level of the roads over the mountain passes.
     
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    I think you underestimate the altitudes in the region, I just looked up some passes between India and China: the three passes "open to trading" are at 4300m, 3900m and 5300m.
     
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