Chinese UAV & UCAV development


siegecrossbow

Brigadier
Staff member
Super Moderator
The CH-101 UAV, part of CASC Rainbow family. I don't ever recall seeing this model before.

51153283898_feeb01cc29_h.jpg

Is this a gyrocopter drone?
 

by78

Brigadier
Seems to be an unmanned version of a gyrodyne. A Chinese parade showcased them.
Please, Log in or Register to view URLs content!


But if it is indeed an unmanned gyrodyne, what's the use case?

I'd imagine the use cases call for VTOL capabilities where altitude and speed are not top priorities. These autogyro UAVs also would be cheaper and easier to maintain than helicopter drones. They would come handy for light recon missions on the frontlines or forestry patrol, especially for firefighting.
 
Last edited:

AssassinsMace

Brigadier
The old guard mentality where they just upgrade existing platforms. Practically that's fine just as long it does the job but if they're looking to export, then they better think about design where customers want to see something new. How long did we have go through seeing white wall tires in parades until someone probably kicked the bucket and China was brought into the modern era?
 

by78

Brigadier
The Feilong-2 stealth bomber UAV from Feilong Intelligent Technology. This appears to be a scale model or a very early technology demonstrator at best. See press release from the company below for more details: some very grand claims are being made by the company. I don't know what to make of it, but this needs to be shared for the record.

51126238352_cb36d8af8a_o.jpg

51127453750_bc326d875e_o.jpg




Original Text:
近日中天飞龙(西安)智能科技有限责任公司研发的飞龙-2无人隐身轰炸机首架原型机下线,标志着飞龙-2无人机的研发正式步入“快车道”。

飞龙-2无人隐身轰炸机采用飞翼无尾布局、背负式进气道和内埋弹舱设计,消除了雷达波强反射机理;全机复合材料用量达到90%以上,并在蒙皮表面敷设新型雷达吸波材料,进一步降低了雷达回波强度;射频天线均与蒙皮共型安装,并采用频率选择表面(FSS)技术,光学侦察设备与机体结构一体化设计,结合表面涂覆金属镀层,避免了传统构型的强反射效应;主动雷达采用宽带和跳频工作体制,降低被截获概率;发动机喷管采用二维固定喷管,并通过引射喷流冷却,极大降低了红外辐射强度。因此飞龙-2无人隐身轰炸机具备了优良的全向雷达和红外隐身性能.飞龙-2无人隐身轰炸机是中天飞龙根据对未来战争形态的判断研制的新一代高端无人作战平台,凭借优良的全向雷达、红外隐身能力穿透敌严密设防的大纵深区域;配备多种光学和主被动雷达载荷,可在全天候复杂气象条件下发现和自动识别战场上各类目标;可携带多种类型的精确制导武器对敌指控中心、预警雷达、防空系统、军用机场、航空母舰、兵力集结点等战场关键节点实施打击;可作为有人隐身飞机的“忠诚僚机”协同完成复杂战术任务,也可根据预设策略实施自主攻击;可携带大量搭载模块化任务载荷的“蜂群”无人机,对敌先进防空系统保护的战役、战术目标进行分布式侦察、电子干扰/压制、饱和攻击和毁伤评估,具有极强的战场生存能力。

飞龙-2无人隐身轰炸机飞行速度、作战半径、载弹量、隐身性能与美军正在研制的B-21“突袭者”隐身轰炸机接近,但飞龙-2无人机的采购成本和全寿命周期使用成本将显著降低。尤其是根据中天飞龙的研制计划,飞龙-2无人隐身轰炸机将先于美军B-21“突袭者”隐身轰炸机完成首飞和产品化,美军将再一次面临“尚未服役就已落后”的窘境。中天飞龙(西安)智能科技有限责任公司秉承“做空天无人作战体系先行者”的理念,积极探索未来无人化战争形态,研制差异化的无人作战装备。飞龙-2无人隐身轰炸机作为中天飞龙研发和生产能力的集大成者,与正在研制的先进无人预警机、反潜机、电子战飞机等共同组成中天飞龙高端无人机系列型谱,必将在未来高技术战争中一展身手

Google Translate:
Recently, the first prototype of Feilong-2 unmanned stealth bomber developed by Zhongtian Feilong (Xi'an) Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. has rolled off the production line, marking that the development of Feilong-2 UAV has officially entered the "fast lane".

Feilong-2 unmanned stealth bomber adopts flying wing tailless layout, piggyback inlet and embedded bomb bay design, which eliminates the strong reflection mechanism of radar waves; the total amount of composite materials in the aircraft reaches more than 90% and is laid on the surface of the skin The new radar absorbing material further reduces the intensity of the radar echo; the radio frequency antennas are installed in the same shape with the skin, and the frequency selective surface (FSS) technology is adopted, the optical reconnaissance equipment and the body structure are integrated design, and the surface is coated with a metal coating , Avoiding the strong reflection effect of the traditional configuration; the active radar adopts broadband and frequency hopping working system to reduce the probability of interception; the engine nozzle adopts a two-dimensional fixed nozzle, and is cooled by a jet jet, which greatly reduces infrared radiation strength. Therefore, the Feilong-2 unmanned stealth bomber has excellent omnidirectional radar and infrared stealth performance. The Feilong-2 unmanned stealth bomber is a new generation of high-end unmanned combat platform developed by Zhongtian Feilong based on the judgment of the future war pattern. Its omnidirectional radar and infrared stealth capabilities penetrate the enemy’s tightly fortified large and deep areas; equipped with a variety of optical and active and passive radar payloads, it can detect and automatically identify various targets on the battlefield under complex weather conditions all-weather; it can carry multiple types Precision-guided weapons against enemy command centers, early warning radars, air defense systems, military airports, aircraft carriers, troop assembly points and other critical battlefield nodes; they can be used as "loyal wingmen" of manned stealth aircraft to coordinate complex tactical tasks, and can also be used according to forecasts. Set up strategies to implement autonomous attacks; can carry a large number of "swarm" drones equipped with modular mission loads to conduct distributed reconnaissance, electronic jamming/suppression, saturation attack and damage assessment of battles and tactical targets protected by the enemy’s advanced air defense system, Has a strong battlefield survivability.

The flying speed, combat radius, ammunition capacity, and stealth performance of the Flying Dragon-2 unmanned stealth bomber are close to those of the B-21 "Raider" stealth bomber being developed by the US military. However, the procurement cost of the Flying Dragon-2 UAV and its full life cycle use The cost will be significantly reduced. In particular, according to the development plan of the Flying Dragon, the Flying Dragon-2 unmanned stealth bomber will complete its first flight and commercialization before the U.S. B-21 "Raider" stealth bomber, and the U.S. military will once again face the problem of "falling behind before it is in service." Dilemma. Zhongtian Feilong (Xi'an) Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. adheres to the concept of "being the pioneer of the aerial unmanned combat system", actively explores future unmanned warfare forms, and develops differentiated unmanned combat equipment. Feilong-2 unmanned stealth bomber, as a master of research and development and production capacity of Zhongtian Feilong, and the advanced unmanned early warning aircraft, anti-submarine aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, etc. under development together form the high-end drone series spectrum of Zhongtian Feilong. Show your skills in future high-tech wars.

I found the spec sheet for this UAV from the last Zhuhai show. It directly contradicts the company's latest press release saying it's a stealth bomber. The spec sheet says it's a unmanned high-subsonic transport platform. Maybe the design is suitable for both roles, but I see a widening credibility gap.

51161921683_8ae9572c19_o.jpg
 

siegecrossbow

Brigadier
Staff member
Super Moderator
I found the spec sheet for this UAV from the last Zhuhai show. It directly contradicts the company's latest press release saying it's a stealth bomber. The spec sheet says it's a unmanned high-subsonic transport platform. Maybe the design is suitable for both roles, but I see a widening credibility gap.

51161921683_8ae9572c19_o.jpg

It is possible that they moved the designation to a different aircraft after the initial design didn’t pan out.
 

Top