- China has shown a new drone that has a wingspan of about 70 feet and can fly continuously for almost 24 hours
- The CH-6 drone is ‘aimed at high-end weapons’ and can reach 435mph. can reach the speed of
- The drone has two turbofan engines, which allow it to fly long distances
- This drone can be used for many military and civilian missions
China, in the midst of a significant upgrade of its military forces and an arms race with the US, showed off a new drone that has a wingspan of about 70 feet and can fly almost continuously throughout the day.
Known as the CH-6 drone, it is ‘aimed at the high-end weapons and dual-use markets’, according to a Chinese news outlet. Global Times.
The news outlet said the drone manufactured by CH UAV can fly for 20 hours continuously and reach speeds of 435 mph. It can also reach a height of about 50,000 feet.
It is the latest step in an escalating arms race between China and the US, as the Chinese seek to reform their military.
The ruling Communist Party is pouring billions of dollars into developing fighter jets, stealth technology, drones and other hardware for its military wing, the People’s Liberation Army, as it presses claims of disputed seas and other territories.
The country has set a deadline of 2035 to retrain its military for modern warfare.
China still lags behind the US in technology and investment in its war machine, but experts say it is bridging the gap, while a US intelligence report this year described China’s growing influence as one of America’s biggest threats. Marked as one of
China showed off a new drone that has a wingspan of about 70 feet and can fly continuously for nearly 24 hours. The CH-6 drone can reach an altitude of 15,000 m (50,000 ft)
According to March analysis bloombergChinese suppliers have delivered 220 drones to 16 different countries over the past decade.
By comparison, US-based suppliers have delivered fewer than 10, raising concerns of an arms race.
‘Operationally, these platforms …. will be employed with China’s other drones and autonomous systems, as well as piloted aircraft, to conduct a reconnaissance and strike against US and allied forces operating in the Indo-Pacific region. Australia’s Strategic Policy Institute Malcolm Davies said in an interview: south china morning post.
China’s CH-6 drone is comparable to the MQ-9A ‘Reaper’ drone in both size and maneuverability.
China’s CH-6 drone is compared to the US’s MQ-9A ‘Reaper’ drone, both in size and operational capability
The unveiling of new military hardware comes months after the US unveiled several new military drones.
In June, the US Air Force said it was working on creating microdrones that are capable of flapping their wings like birds or insects to survey battlefields.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is working with Airion Health LLC and is using a 2014 patent to create a micro air vehicle (MAV) that can alter its speed and become a ‘pest-like’ for 21st-century battlefields. such as mobility.
“Depending on the position and velocity profile, controlled forces will be generated by the wings, resulting in time-varying wing upstroke and downstroke, which can sometimes be asymmetrical,” it said in a statement. reads.
A month later, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems showed images of a new missile-carrying air-to-air combat drone that could drop bombs in a war zone.
Earlier this month, a mysterious plane was spotted flying over the Philippines in what some believe may be America’s ultra-secret RQ-180 stealth drone.
This MAV can change its speed and achieve ‘insect-like maneuverability’ and can be used for open surveillance, aerial swarm operations and battlefield situational awareness. A working MAV prototype will be developed within 15 months of the agreement
Northrop Grumman is also working on the long-awaited MQ-4C Triton drone, which has been plagued with setbacks. This drone can spend more than 30 hours in continuous air at 55,000 feet with a top speed of 380 mph
Northrop Grumman is also working on the long-awaited MQ-4C Triton drone, which has been plagued with setbacks.
This drone can spend more than 30 hours in continuous air at 55,000 feet with a top speed of 380 mph.
It also has a 360-degree field of view, capable of surveying 2.7 million square miles in under 24 hours.
In July, MQ-4C took Its first flight in a multi-intelligence operation from the US Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
As reported by the South China Morning Post, the CH-6, with its long range, can be used for a number of military and civilian missions.
The Global Times said it can also be used for anti-submarine missions, maritime patrol, early warning missions and close air support.
The drone was unveiled at the 2021 Airshow China, which began on Tuesday.
The CH-6, with its long range, can be used for many military and civilian missions.
The CH-6 is capable of flying up to 20 hours as it has two small to medium-sized turbofan engines.
As Global Times reports, if one engine fails, the other is powerful enough to bring the engine back to base.
In addition to its impressive size, it uses a modernized design, allowing some parts, such as the engine or wings, to be easily switched out.
This makes it easier to maintain and support, Xi Wen, chief engineer and designer of the CH Drone series, told the Global Times.
In addition to the CH-6, the CH UAV featured another drone, the CH-817 Mini-Attack Drone.
The CH-817 weighs just 800 grams and is capable of flying for about 15 minutes.
The new drone was unveiled at the 2021 Airshow China that began on Tuesday
Another drone, the WZ-7 (pictured), known as the ‘Guizhou Soar Dragon’, was also showcased at the air show.
Wen was quoted as saying, ‘We can call it a flying grenade.
Another drone, the WZ-7, known as the ‘Guizhou Soar Dragon’, was also showcased at the air show.