Chinese UAV & UCAV development


by78

Brigadier
Three prototype TB001 units have been built. All ground control hardware and software are ready to go. First flight is imminent.



Prototype #1 undergoing static testing, #2 in final assembly, and #3 in partial(?) assembly:


Ground control station and manufacturing (on left) and assembly platforms(?).


And TB001 has a smaller brother. It's a single-engined UAV named TA001. It has a max take-off weight of 1200 kg and endurance of 24 hours.

 

by78

Brigadier
But wait, there is more from Tengoen. It has two unmanned helicopters on display, HA001 and HB001 respectively, with the former being the more capable and expensive platform. Unfortunately, I couldn't find specs on either model.


HA001
Capable of operating in high-altitude environments . Intended for anti-terrorism, peacekeeping, border patrol, air security, traffic monitoring, search and rescue, disaster monitoring, and general law-enforcement tasks. Also capable of aerial surveying, aerial photography, power line inspection, and other civilian applications.



 

by78

Brigadier
HB001
A low-cost, ultra-light unmanned helicopter system. Designed to perform reconnaissance, surveillance, emergency rescue, aerial photography, power line inspection and other civilian tasks. Can also be adapted to perform law-enforcement and anti-terrorism duties.



 

Hendrik_2000

Brigadier
TB001 has a MTOW listed at 2800kg

WingLoong II has an MTOW of 4200kg... Wingloong II is much bigger than TB001.
Ok I got confused with Wingloong I
Specifications (Wing Loong I)
Data from
General characteristics
  • Crew: None (UAV)
  • Length: 9.05 m (29 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 2.77 m (9 ft 1 in)
  • Gross weight: 1,100 kg (2,425 lb)
 

plawolf

Brigadier
Never end what they can do with drone Now we have transport drone. why do you need transport drone shortage of pilot?
Pilot costs are quite significant, and pilot availability can also be a serious issue, just look at Ryanair.

The pilot's salary and hotel costs are pretty much fixed weather he is flying an A380 or a Gulfstream. The bigger the plane, the more units of cargo/passengers you can use to absorb the pilot costs. But under a certain size and volume, having a human pilot becomes prohibitively expensive. But with a drone, you massively reduce that pilot cost and could potentially eliminate it entirely in the not too distant future.

Amazon is already trailing drones for small premium package delivery, so it's only a small step up to scale that up to converted small cargo planes.

What more, with a drone, you remove the need to worry about pilot fatigue, so could use piston engines that are slower but more economical than turbofan jet engines, further reducing cost.

Unlike passengers who are sentimental and paranoid, cargo doesn't care if there is a living pilot onboard or not, so I see cargo planes being the first to be automated.

Then, after a few billion miles of incident free flight, the airline industry and passengers will have more confidence about unmanned airliners.
 

delft

Brigadier
Pilot costs are quite significant, and pilot availability can also be a serious issue, just look at Ryanair.

The pilot's salary and hotel costs are pretty much fixed weather he is flying an A380 or a Gulfstream. The bigger the plane, the more units of cargo/passengers you can use to absorb the pilot costs. But under a certain size and volume, having a human pilot becomes prohibitively expensive. But with a drone, you massively reduce that pilot cost and could potentially eliminate it entirely in the not too distant future.

Amazon is already trailing drones for small premium package delivery, so it's only a small step up to scale that up to converted small cargo planes.

What more, with a drone, you remove the need to worry about pilot fatigue, so could use piston engines that are slower but more economical than turbofan jet engines, further reducing cost.

Unlike passengers who are sentimental and paranoid, cargo doesn't care if there is a living pilot onboard or not, so I see cargo planes being the first to be automated.

Then, after a few billion miles of incident free flight, the airline industry and passengers will have more confidence about unmanned airliners.
You've forgotten one thing: this pilot doesn't need to look out of the cockpit so isn't troubled by fog.
But how will this drone mix with ordinary aircraft?
 
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