Chinese UAV & UCAV development


taxiya

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Looks more like TD220 to me.

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The image of this drone was taken in Hefei, Anhui province. Do we know what aerospace/drone makers are based there? It could be that BeiHang passed the design to an Anhui-based company to manufacturer.
TD220 is from this company
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It could be that everything execpt the flight control software are of BeiHang origin. Because
  1. It is a common practice that China's R&D Institute and Universities sell their outcomes to commercial companies for production or create a company of their own for that purpose.
  2. The designer's expertise is flight control, he graduated from department of BIT. His knowledge of aircraft is from the club of flight model in BIT (Not trying to under-state him).
  3. In the product description (link above), it is stated
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The highlighted text says "equipped with self developped flight control system". If the whole aircraft is designed and developped by his company, there is no reason for him to emphasize the self develop part. Hence my thought above.

Here is a link about the TD220's designer if you want read about history of him and his business.
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Hendrik_2000

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From Henri k blog this is an excellent use of old plane
Chinese logistics giant SF Express's FH-98 cargo drone made its first commercial flight today, between Ningxia and Inner Mongolia. Derived from the Y-5B transport aircraft, the #drone can transport up to 1.5t of cargo over a distance of 1200 km
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A cheap way to resupply those islet in SCS with medicine, mail,vital spare parts, foods
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taxiya

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From Henri k blog this is an excellent use of old plane
Chinese logistics giant SF Express's FH-98 cargo drone made its first commercial flight today, between Ningxia and Inner Mongolia. Derived from the Y-5B transport aircraft, the #drone can transport up to 1.5t of cargo over a distance of 1200 km
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A cheap way to resupply those islet in SCS with medicine, mail,vital spare parts, foods
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I doubt it is meant or capable of delivery in SCS. The max distance is 1200km, as you have shown the distance in SCS is 1146.61km, the aircraft can not return to base after delivery and will then occupy the tiny airstrip preventing further resupply. Besides, China is not short of delivery capability, there is SH-5, then the new AG600.
 

taxiya

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The image of this drone was taken in Hefei, Anhui province. Do we know what aerospace/drone makers are based there? It could be that BeiHang passed the design to an Anhui-based company to manufacturer.
CCTV news reported Xi's visit to Hefei today. One of his itineraries is this newly openned exhibition center "
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" (a museum) demonstrating anything that involves innovative works carried out in Hefei which is designated to be developped into an innovative center. For example, there are BOE OLED demo, Xiaomi's prototype phone ALPHA etc. These companies have operations all over the country, some of their product being shown in this exhibition center only means that Hefei did something, but not necessary that there is key operation, R&D center or factory in Hefei. There is a state fund backing Hefei's ambition, there is certainly incentitive for someone like the Helicopter developper to open a R&D office in Hefei or even a factory.
 

Hendrik_2000

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I doubt it is meant or capable of delivery in SCS. The max distance is 1200km, as you have shown the distance in SCS is 1146.61km, the aircraft can not return to base after delivery and will then occupy the tiny airstrip preventing further resupply. Besides, China is not short of delivery capability, there is SH-5, then the new AG600.
Well what about refueling in SCS base they do have fuel station there. Fuel come in fuel tanker
 

banjex

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^idk 1.5 tons is really not much capacity when we're talking about supplying a large naval base.
 

Hendrik_2000

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^idk 1.5 tons is really not much capacity when we're talking about supplying a large naval base.
Of course you cannot depend completely on air transport as I said before on selected item that cannot wait the long ship journey. thing like medicine, electronic spare parts, personal mail, certain difficult to get food like milk, ,meat,vegetable, condiment etc. They still need ship resupply for sure.

It takes 4 days to travel from Hainan to SCS and if you need medicine fast what are you going to do?. Or medivac? Those bases are crammed with electronics gear and thing break down for sure.

There are not that many people on those bases yet max 1000 with regular service they should be no problem to resupply with urgent items
 

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