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    aimarraul 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    In recent years, many types of UAVs have been developed in China by various universities, research institutes and manufactures. However most of them failed to enter series production or the service due to their poor performance and relatively primitive technology utilized. As a result, only a handful modern UAVs with sufficient technological sophistication are lucky enough to enter the service with the PLA Army. It was reported (January 2010) that a UCAV prototype (Pterosaur I, similar to American MQ-1 Predator) developed by the 611 Institute successfully locked on a ground target and destroyed it with a KD-10 ATGM. It was rumored (March 2011) that 601/SAC is currently working on a long-range stealth UCAV similar to American X-45/47 (Sharp Sword?). First flight is expected by 2012. A scale model was recently unveiled in September 2011 revealing an X-47B style tailless flying wing and a dorsal air intake configuration.

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    BZK-005 Giant Eagle

    A rare view of BZK-005 UAV in service with PLA Department of Chief Staff is shown here. BZK-005 was developed by BUAA and HAIG in early 2000s as a medium/high altitude long range reconnaissance UAV for strategic missions. Its prototype was unveiled briefly in an AVIC promotional video at the 2006 Zhuhai International Airshow. The UAV features a stealth optimized fuselage, a three propeller pusher engine, and twin tail booms with V-shaped tailfins. A SATCOM antenna is thought to be installed inside the nose bulge, which provides live data transmission over thousands of kilometers. A small turret is installed underneath the nose housing the FLIR/CCD cameras. Those can be used for photo reconnaissance if needed. The UAV also features a large wingspan and a fuel efficient turboprop (?) engine, and is constructed using a large amount of composite materials. These help to increase its range and cruising altitude, while reduce its RCS. Its specifications are: cruising speed 150-180km/hr, service ceiling 8,000m, endurance 40hr, max TO weight <1,250kg, max payload >150kg, TO distance <600m, landing distance <500m.

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    BZK-009/WZ-9

    A WZ-2000 model was on display at the 2004 Zhuahi Airshow. Also known as WZ-9 (K/JWR9?), this reconnaissance stealth UAV has been under development at GAIC since 1999. Its stealth design features a fuselage with a flat bottom surface blended seamlessly with long swept wings to reduce RCS (<1m2 head-on). A single turbofan engine (WS-11) sits on top of the tail section with its intake shielded by the wing section and its exhaust nozzle shielded by twin "V" shaped tailfins extending 30-40° outwards to reduce both radar and IR signatures. WZ-9 carries a large satellite communication antenna inside its nose bulge for real-time transmission of images and ELINT data back to the ground control station. It also carries FLIR and CCD cameras inside a turret underneath its nose for navigation and photo reconnaissance. A synthetic aperture radar (SAR) can be installed under its fuselage as well. WZ-9 looks generally similar to American Global Hawk long-range stealth UAV but has a smaller size and shorter range. Some specifications: length 7.5m, wingspan 9.8m, max TO weight 1.7t, mission payload 80kg, max level speed 800km/h, ceiling 18,000m, combat radius 800km, endurance 3hr. The development of this UAV would also provide valuable experience for future stealth cruise missiles. WZ-9 first flew on December 26, 2003. Its improved version (BZK-009) first flew in 2006. The UAV entered limited service with PLA Department of Chief Staff in 2007 and conducts only strategic reconnaissance missions. Besides GAIC, CAC is also developing a similar stealth UAV. A prototype had been built by April 2008. High speed taxiing took place in September 2008. The UAV has been called Sky Wing. Recent news suggested that another long-range UAV (Soaring Eagle) jointly developed by 611 Institute, CAC and GAIC first flew in November 2009. This large UAV features a box/diamond wing design to increase lift while reducing drag and weight. It weighs 7,500kg and has a range of 7,000km, a cruising speed of 750km/hr and a cruising altitude of 18,000m.

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    Looks good :smitten:
     
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    And a different design also
     
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    PRC and CCP is heavily investing in UAV and possibly UCAV, its good for them to have first hand experience in early and being ready for future warfare.
     
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