Chinese UAV & UCAV development


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More engines, less efficiency. Four motors are too much for such small UAV.
Seems like there's not much anchor points for tying down cargo, is this intended?

A short video that answers some questions posed previously. The reason this drone has a four-engine layout is due to it being a dual-use drone. In the civilian role as a cargo transport, four engines provide extra safety margins. When used as a military platform, four engines provide greater electricity generation capacity (24kW total) that can accommodate power hungry sensors, EW equipment, and other payloads. Also, the engines are off-the-shelf civilian models that use 95-octane gasoline, thereby greatly simplifying logistic requirements and running costs. In the future, rails will be installed on the cargo bay floor for easier cargo handling and for air drops.

 

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More Tengden/Tengoen drones.

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More on the Tengden TS10 and TS20 UAVs. Both are deployable from aerial platforms.

TS20 is powered by a turbojet, with a range of 1000km, and is designed to operate in complex (interference?) environments.

TS10 is electrically driven, 140 to 180km/hr speed, and can be deployed from UAVs. It features modular payloads (electro-optical seekers, mini-SAR, SIGINT, etc). The mini-SAR has a resolution of 0.1m from 1000m altitude, with a scanning width of 1km. SIGINT payload allows monitoring of cellphones and cellphone towers. When operating in the surveillance mode, TS-10 automatically returns to base and lands via parachute. When operating in the attack mode, TS10s are capable of operating as a swarm.

 

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A presentation slide on air combat equipment development trends. It talks about a distributed & collaborative/cooperative air combat model. Contrary to traditional platforms that perform the functions of detection, tracking, and attack, the new model calls for distributing these functions across specialized platforms that act in concert. In other words, combat resources are distributed in a de-centralized manner, with specialized platforms deployed in a flexible manner, thereby achieving greater efficacy than what is possible with traditional multifunctional platforms. The new model has the added benefit of confusing the enemy and slowing its decision making process.

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