50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

China's Biggest UAV Makes Maiden Flight

Download: Printable PDF Date: 31 Aug 2015 15:21 category:
Publisher:
China's Biggest UAV Makes Maiden Flight - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Source: WCARN

China's self-developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the CH-5, representing a world standard in size and weight, made its maiden flight in Gansu province, the Beijing Times reported on Monday.

The country's biggest UAV, with a wingspan of 20 meters, has a maximum takeoff weight of 3 tons, maximum payload of around 900 kilograms and an endurance of more than 30 hours at low- and medium-altitude. According to the newspaper, CH-5 is twice the size of its previously-developed counterparts.

The maiden flight, scheduled in the early morning to avoid rush hour for civil flights, took 20 minutes before it landed smoothly as programmed, according to CCTV.

Also known as Rainbow 5, CH-5 is the largest reconnaissance and strike drone developed by the country according to the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

The UAV will affect the way of dealing with anti-terrorist attacks in future, since its heavier loading capacity enables it to accommodate perspective radar to detect terrorists inside buildings or woods and communication-command devices to lead a drone fleet, said Ou Zhongming, head of the UAV project at the CASC.

"It will increase the range of reconnaissance from 30 kilometers to 80 kilometers, which will discover targets over a longer distance and prevent any danger," Lan Wenbo, an official at the CASC told CCTV.

The aircraft is designed to perform reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, intelligence gathering, electronic warfare, border patrol, island defense and anti-terrorism missions.



Loading comments for China's Biggest UAV Makes Maiden Flight...


Recommended

Metrojet completes Global 5000 60-month inspection

Hong Kong-based Metrojet Limited, a business aviation service provider with presence throughout Asia Pacific, announced that its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Facility (MRO) in Hong Kong has r...

Embraer - Happy 50-year anniversary!

Happy 50-year anniversary! Embraer celebrates with a ceremony that brings together employees, authorities and commercial partners at company’s headquarters, in São Jos&eacu...

Turkish Airlines awarded 5 stars for their real business class cabin

With the introduction of the all new business class in their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Turkish Airlines has not only increased its already high comfort and service standards in their business class, bu...

New PT6A and PW200 Engine Overhaul Centre in Belo Horizonte

Pratt & Whitney announced the collaboration with Indύstria de Aviação e Serviços (IAS) to open a new overhaul facility in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for PT6A and PW200 engin...