China displays its first Unmanned Attack Helicopter

China has put on display its first unmanned
combat helicopter AV500W for foreign buyers in the northeastern Tianjin city in a bid
to enlarge scope to market its military drones abroad, a media report said today. Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), the
state-owned aircraft manufacturer, has put the reconnaissance cum combat helicopter on
display at the fourth China Helicopter Expo, the largest of its kind in China. The 7.2-meter-long aircraft, developed and
produced at the AVIC Helicopter Research and Development Institute in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi
province, has a maximum take-off weight of 450 kilogrammes, a maximum speed of 170 kilometres
per hour and a flight ceiling of 4,000 meters, state-run China Daily reported. The helicopter is capable of carrying 120
kilogrammes of weapons and equipment. Its reconnaissance version can remain aloft for
eight hours while the reconnaissance/combat model is able to fly for four hours. All of the military drones China has offered
to the international market have been fixed-wing models, making the AV500W the first Chinese
unmanned military helicopter available in that market, experts were quoted as saying. Jiang Taiyu, one of the chief designers of
AV500W, said the aircraft fired weapons during its maiden flight test in August. “The helicopter is able to take off and land
on almost any landform including plateaus and canyons. It can operate in cold and tropical
environments. It will be useful in border patrols, counterterrorism operations and low-intensity
conflicts because it can carry out very-low-altitude penetration and keep hovering for a while,”
he said.

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