PARIS: China primes predatory MALE

2011-06-25

PARIS: China primes predatory MALE

Anybody missing General Atomics' retiring Predator family of unmanned air vehicles might find solace in a UAV from AVIC.

The Chinese aerospace corporation is displaying a small model of the distinctly Predator-like Wing-Loong, which it describes as a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) vehicle with autonomous take-off and landing capability and the ability to carry "small-sized air-to-ground strike weapons".

The Wing-Loong is within a few millimetres in any direction of the Predator A. It has a 14m (46ft) wingspan, 9m length and a maximum take-off weight of 1,100kg (2,420lb), but it boasts the good looks of the larger Predator B's V-shaped rear end. It has ceiling of 16,400ft and a range of 2,160nm (4,000km), said AVIC.

Source: Brett Davis


Region:  Asia-Pacific
Contry:  China
Category:  UAV



USA GA-ASI UAV
Name:  Predator B / MQ-9 Reaper   Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  GA-ASI   
Predator B / MQ-9 Reaper

Use(s): reconnaissance, overland and maritime surveillance, target acquisition/designation, weapons delivery, communications relay, EW, SIGINT Manufacturer: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Customers/Users: US Air Force, US Navy, UK Royal Air Force, US Department of Homeland Security, NASA Powerplant: Honeywell TPE 331-1 OTkW turboprop Dimensions: length: 11 m, wingspan: 20m Weight: empty: 1,678kg, MTOW: 4,763kg, max payload internal: 385kg, external: 1,361kg Performance: speed: 240+kt, endurance: 30+hr, ceiling: 50,000ft Payload: EO/IR, Lynx SAR/GMTI, SIGINT/ESM, multi-mode maritime radar, AIS, communications relay, Hellfire missiles, GBU-12 and GBU-38 Data Link: C-band LoS, Ku-band BLoS satcom Guidance/Tracking: INS/GPS Launch: conventional wheeled Recovery: conventional wheeled Structure Material: semi-monocoque composite using pre-iimpregnated bi-directional graphite skin and Nomex honeycomb stiffening panels Status: in service



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