Chinese UAV & UCAV development


by78

Lieutenant General
quasi-satellite drone "Fighting Falcon" of Haiying Aviation General Equipment Co., Ltd.

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Twin engine, High altitude drone. The piston engine and propellers configured for very high altitude flight seem to be the main technological challenge tackled by this drone.

Slightly bigger images.

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windsclouds2030

Junior Member
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The first domestic unmanned helicopter powered by a 60-kilowatt micro turboprop engine

The drone had a purpose built 60 kW micro turboprop engine that enabled it to fly at 5191m altitude over the Tibet Qinghai plateau by a teat team of 7304 factory of Academy of Science. The drone took off from a test site 4300m above sea level. It delivered cargo and engaged in night operations.

Engine weighs 18 kg.
Total takeoff weight for fixed wing : 400 to 600 kg
Max takeoff weight for Rotary (Helicopter) : 240 to 360 kg

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I think the drone is an MK-400 Tandem Unmanned Helicopter. China tested the MK-400 Tandem Unmanned Helicopter with a maximum payload of 220kg and a maximum lift limit of 6,000 meters in Tibet plateau. Equipped troops can carry out wounded transport, night delivery, ammunition supply and other tasks. I even saw a footage of this posted somewhere at Twitter around mid-Nov but did not keep the link.

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Xsizor

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I think the drone is an MK-400 Tandem Unmanned Helicopter. China tested the MK-400 Tandem Unmanned Helicopter with a maximum payload of 220kg and a maximum lift limit of 6,000 meters in Tibet plateau. Equipped troops can carry out wounded transport, night delivery, ammunition supply and other tasks. I even saw a footage of this posted somewhere at Twitter around mid-Nov but did not keep the link.

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Very good find. But this drone seem to be of sheet metal build. The drone I liked maybe a newer version with composite build. Just compare the two images.
 

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