Chinese UAV & UCAV development


by78

Lieutenant General
The TP500 unmanned transport aircraft developed by the First Aviation Institute of the Aviation Industry has conducted its maiden flight, which lasted 27 minutes and was a complete success. TP500 is the first large unmanned transport developed in full compliance with the airworthiness requirements of China's Civil Aviation Administration.

Some specs:
- Standard load: 500kg
- Cargo carrying radius: 500km
- Max Range: 1800km

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Abominable

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VTOL UAV for artillery observers.
Based on what I've seen from the Ukraine war this type of UAV is the future for mass drone warfare, winged VTOL.

You get the best of both worlds, they're cheap and are even small enough to be ran on electric motors. They can be mass produced on a scale no other country can match.

There was one which had a payload of 10kg with an operating time of 90mins on the commercial market. Just integrate military electronics and AI and you've got a game changing weapon.
 

by78

Lieutenant General
The TP500 unmanned transport aircraft developed by the First Aviation Institute of the Aviation Industry has conducted its maiden flight, which lasted 27 minutes and was a complete success. TP500 is the first large unmanned transport developed in full compliance with the airworthiness requirements of China's Civil Aviation Administration.

Some specs:
- Standard load: 500kg
- Cargo carrying radius: 500km
- Max Range: 1800km

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High-resolution images of the TP500 unmanned cargo transport.

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Michaelsinodef

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Quite rarely, but this is a rather interesting video.

It discusses a patent for launching small to medium sized UAVs.

It's apparantly piston based I think? And it has various advantages over other launch methods (such as rocket or elastics) with specifications such as being silent, repeatable and able to also launch UAVs that aren't just small sized.

Even later on, it's dicussed if it could potentially be used to launch missiles (the loitering type or subsonic ones that has small jet engines).
 

pakje

Junior Member
Registered Member

Quite rarely, but this is a rather interesting video.

It discusses a patent for launching small to medium sized UAVs.

It's apparantly piston based I think? And it has various advantages over other launch methods (such as rocket or elastics) with specifications such as being silent, repeatable and able to also launch UAVs that aren't just small sized.

Even later on, it's dicussed if it could potentially be used to launch missiles (the loitering type or subsonic ones that has small jet engines).

Where is the just a giant spring patent

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by78

Lieutenant General

Quite rarely, but this is a rather interesting video.

It discusses a patent for launching small to medium sized UAVs.

It's apparantly piston based I think? And it has various advantages over other launch methods (such as rocket or elastics) with specifications such as being silent, repeatable and able to also launch UAVs that aren't just small sized.

Even later on, it's dicussed if it could potentially be used to launch missiles (the loitering type or subsonic ones that has small jet engines).


The patent drawing appears to show a pneumatic launcher, similar to the one shown below, at least conceptually.

Compressed air (pneumatic) catapults for launching UAVs. The current experimental prototype is capable of 21m/s^2 acceleration for an UAV weighing 50kg. Variable ejection duration (100-500ms). Prep time is 2-3 minutes per launch. Launch costs are very low compared to other methods, such as rocket-assisted launches. The catapult is compact and light weight, ideal for mobile operations.

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