Naval Rotary UAV


Deino

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Because it's just a generic ground crew training model, I don't think it's a specific type, it's just about the size of a drone.

Maybe something like this:
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;) Two simple minded with the same thought and I hope you don't mind the rough translation from German!?

My feeling tells me its a new clean sheet design but given its shape it seems to be similar to an enlarged CHRDI (Chinese Helicopter Research and Development Institute) AV500C.

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lcloo

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;) Two simple minded with the same thought and I hope you don't mind the rough translation from German!?

My feeling tells me its a new clean sheet design but given its shape it seems to be similar to an enlarged CHRDI (Chinese Helicopter Research and Development Institute) AV500C.

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Looks like the new naval version of AR500C/AV500C with larger engine housing and probably larger engine(s) too.

IMO, So it might not be just a recon drone but with possibly enhanced capability to carry some offensive loads or sonobuoy or mid-course signal relay for long range anti-ship missiles.

That is my two cents
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Because it's just a generic ground crew training model, I don't think it's a specific type, it's just about the size of a drone.

Maybe something like this:
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I think there are enough details on the mock up to suggest it does likely correspond to a specific drone type.
More importantly, the purpose of having these mock ups for trialling handling purposes is to see how the size of a specific expected or in existence piece of kit would fit in aboard the ship -- again, requiring a clear aircraft type to be defined.

The only exception is if the PLAN had issued specific dimensions as part of a helicopter drone requirement and the mock up here is just meant to represent the dimensions of the PLAN's specification, but if that were the case chances are they wouldn't be doing these mock up handling trials so early in its development cycle.

After all "just about the size of a drone" can mean anything -- MQ-8A, vs MQ-8B vs MQ-8C are all different sizes.
 

Deino

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I think there are enough details on the mock up to suggest it does likely correspond to a specific drone type.
More importantly, the purpose of having these mock ups for trialling handling purposes is to see how the size of a specific expected or in existence piece of kit would fit in aboard the ship -- again, requiring a clear aircraft type to be defined.

The only exception is if the PLAN had issued specific dimensions as part of a helicopter drone requirement and the mock up here is just meant to represent the dimensions of the PLAN's specification, but if that were the case chances are they wouldn't be doing these mock up handling trials so early in its development cycle.

After all "just about the size of a drone" can mean anything -- MQ-8A, vs MQ-8B vs MQ-8C are all different sizes.

Maybe we should open a new thread on this type of UAV??

at least @huitong has updated his site:



"It was speculated in June 2020 that a shipborne VTOL UAV similar to American MQ-8B is being developed for PLAN by the 602 Institute. The UAV is expected to be stationed onboard the new Type 075 LHD and Type 055 DDG."
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Is this stealthy helicopter the reason why they have not mass produced helicopters for their LHD and LPD yet?
 

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