Chinese UAV & UCAV development


Deino

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Just another question ... Henry K. mentions these UCAVs are operated by the ARMY, Huitong says by the PLAAF?

What is correct?
 

plawolf

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Just another question ... Henry K. mentions these UCAVs are operated by the ARMY, Huitong says by the PLAAF?

What is correct?
Could it not be both? Although I am not sure why the army would need such drones, since SEAD/DEAD is supposed to be an Air Force role. Maybe they are building up their own D/SEAD capabilities to support their growing rotorwing forces?

Although typically helicopters are more worried about MANPADS instead of full blooded radar guided SAMs.

So if not both, the Air Force sounds far more logical.
 

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Could it not be both? Although I am not sure why the army would need such drones, since SEAD/DEAD is supposed to be an Air Force role. Maybe they are building up their own D/SEAD capabilities to support their growing rotorwing forces?

Although typically helicopters are more worried about MANPADS instead of full blooded radar guided SAMs.

So if not both, the Air Force sounds far more logical.
Thanks ... by the way, another question. Concerning the general situation of UAVs in the PLA their use in the Army Aviation Corps is much lesser documented and understood than in the PLAAF or Naval Aviation.

We know that the PLAAF operates them in regular UAV Brigades or in TC-HQ subordinated Brigades.
The PLA Naval Aviation has dedicated flights or daduis often closely relates/associated to regular former Regiments – or now maybe Brigades – but this is unconfirmed for the Army Aviation.
Also, even if known that several smaller UAVs (comparable to hand-held drones and quadcopters) are in use at troop level, the Army Aviation does not operate larger types and they are as far as known, not operated in dedicated Army Aviation UAV brigades. Or am i wrong?? And if yes, what types do they operate? ... is the BZK-006 and or BZK-008 in service?
 

jobjed

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Thanks ... by the way, another question. Concerning the general situation of UAVs in the PLA their use in the Army Aviation Corps is much lesser documented and understood than in the PLAAF or Naval Aviation.

We know that the PLAAF operates them in regular UAV Brigades or in TC-HQ subordinated Brigades.
The PLA Naval Aviation has dedicated flights or daduis often closely relates/associated to regular former Regiments – or now maybe Brigades – but this is unconfirmed for the Army Aviation.
Also, even if known that several smaller UAVs (comparable to hand-held drones and quadcopters) are in use at troop level, the Army Aviation does not operate larger types and they are as far as known, not operated in dedicated Army Aviation UAV brigades. Or am i wrong?? And if yes, what types do they operate? ... is the BZK-006 and or BZK-008 in service?
PLA Ground Force UAVs that I know of are generally operated by specialist units (such as 侦查营) subordinated to the larger manoeuvre units (such as 机步师). Different variants such as general reconnaissance, artillery forward-observation, and electronic warfare variants are operated by their corresponding specialist units.

The BZK-006 and BZK-008 are definitely in widespread service. They're featured extensively in state media and PLA troops often talk about how they're used to provide improved combat performance over traditional methods, e.g. damage assessment of PHL-03 strikes are completed in less than a minute using UAVs while traditional ground-based damage assessments take much longer and are less accurate.
 

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PLA Ground Force UAVs that I know of are generally operated by specialist units (such as 侦查营) subordinated to the larger manoeuvre units (such as 机步师). Different variants such as general reconnaissance, artillery forward-observation, and electronic warfare variants are operated by their corresponding specialist units.

The BZK-006 and BZK-008 are definitely in widespread service. They're featured extensively in state media and PLA troops often talk about how they're used to provide improved combat performance over traditional methods, e.g. damage assessment of PHL-03 strikes are completed in less than a minute using UAVs while traditional ground-based damage assessments take much longer and are less accurate.
Thanks ... but - sorry for just being in a hurry - if I get it right, there are no dedicated Army Aviation Brigades comparable to the Naval Aviation or PLAAF UAV and UCAv Brigades?

Thanks,
Deino
 

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