Chinese UAV & UCAV development


plawolf

Brigadier
Looks light enough to be launched via railing. Not sure what the point of vtol is.
VTOL also allows it to hover in place or fly at extremely slow speed below the stall speed of the airframe itself.

It would also make it much easier and less restrictive in terms of recovery operations.

Depending on payload, it could also double up as an emergency resupply tool to delivery low volume/weight, but high value assets to units in the field.
 

by78

Brigadier
Looks light enough to be launched via railing. Not sure what the point of vtol is.
Launching without rails is probably considerably more convenient. Just put that thing on the ground and off it goes. Also the recovery would be much easier: it simply lands vertically on command. No need for parachutes – which are dead weight – and sending a recovery team to retrieve it.
 

anzha

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Launching without rails is probably considerably more convenient. Just put that thing on the ground and off it goes. Also the recovery would be much easier: it simply lands vertically on command. No need for parachutes – which are dead weight – and sending a recovery team to retrieve it.
That's the reasoning the US Army is following for the Shadow replacement. It just makes sense the Chinese would have a similar idea and probably get it fielded faster.
 

Deino

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Well ... again a Chinese UAV surprise: Even if the CAC/611 Cloud Shadow, Wind Shadow or Sky Wing UAV/UCAV is know and was also on display at Zhuhai several times, I've never seen it in service nor with pylons (besides in the static display).

Any idea, what exact type of this UAV/UCAV family this is?

CAC UAV Sky Wing III maybe + pylons - 1.jpg
 

xyqq

Junior Member
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Well ... again a Chinese UAV surprise: Even if the CAC/611 Cloud Shadow, Wind Shadow or Sky Wing UAV/UCAV is know and was also on display at Zhuhai several times, I've never seen it in service nor with pylons (besides in the static display).

Any idea, what exact type of this UAV/UCAV family this is?

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It looks exactly like the Cloud Shadow (one that you mentioned) for the matches below:
Cloud_Shadow_comparisons.jpg
 

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