Drone Part 3

Meet the best of Chinese underwater drones

Feb 9, 2017

  • Emerging Chinese drone manufacturers led by DJI and EHANG have contributed greatly to the full transition of aerial drones from military devices to instruments that we use in everyday life. While they are trying their best to provide a bird’s eye view of our world, there are other Chinese companies are dedicated to give you a glimpse under the sea. Born out of a project under Chinese incubator platform Taihuoniao, Qiyuan Technology, developer of FiFish Atlantis, has received funding from Chinese startup guru Kaifu Lee and Li Wanqiang, co-founder of Xiaomi.


Global UAV Drones Industry: China and Japan to Post Highest Growth Rates in Near Future

February 8, 2017

  • A new market study on the global UAV drones industry has been added to the huge repository of MarketResearchReports.biz. The research report, titled „Global UAV Drones Industry 2015 Market Research Report”, provides a complete overview of the worldwide Industry of UAV drones on the basis of market segmentations, latest trends, and future projections. The global UAV drones industry has also been analyzed on the basis of its regional spread in this study. The U.S. has emerged as the largest market for UAV drones at present. However, the UAV drones markets in China and Japan are likely to collectively post the highest growth rate over the next few years, says the report. Analysts also expect the Europe UAV drones industry to exhibit significant growth in the near future.


China to test near-space flight of solar drone


  • China will test how its largest solar drone performs near-space flight this year, according to the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) Tuesday. With a wingspan of more than 40 meters, wider than that of a Boeing 737 passenger plane, the rainbow series drone has just passed its first full-scale test flight, according to chief engineer of the CAAA drone project Shi Wen.


Foreign Customer Testing China’s CH-4 Networked Drones

February 6, 2017

  • Teams from a foreign military customer of China’s CH-4B series of attack drones recently tested four such drones networked to perform as a fleet. Officials from Chinese drone manufacturer, China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) were quoted in a Chinamil.com.cn report that ground controllers from the unnamed foreign nation who were trained at the academy guided four CH-4B drones via satellite to work together in a patrol.


China’s Got A New Weapon To Rival America’s Hellfire In The War On Terrorism


  • The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, one of the country’s largest military drone developers, recently conducted live-fire tests of its AR-2 short-range air-to-surface missile, which can be mounted on a combat drone for low-intensity conflicts and anti-terrorism operations, reports the China Daily. Weighing about 45 pounds and carrying a 10-pound warhead, the AR-2 has a range of 5 miles and a maximum speed of 450 miles per hour. It is well-suited for strikes against bunkers, houses, armored vehicles, and personnel.


China’s Launching Drones to Fight Back Against Earthquakes


  • So, over the past decade, the Chinese have further honed their post-disaster response strategy with a new kind of high-flying technology: They are using drones to find survivors and navigate disaster zones when time is short and the situation dire. In China, Shang Hong’s drones have already proven their value. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake and its aftershocks—which killed more than 69,000 people and left nearly 18,000 missing—triggered landslides and blackouts, destroying buildings and other infrastructure, cutting off victims from transportation and water supplies. Using UAVs, Chinese responders located downed bridges, collapsed tunnels, and other choke points that could inhibit their rescue efforts. They assessed damage to schools, apartment buildings, hospitals, and other population-dense locations.


China Envisions Combat Missions for its ‘Sharp Sword’ UCAV

Jan 20, 2017

  • Sharp Sword can carry a weapons payload of 2,000 kg (4,400 lbs. or two tons) in its two internal bomb bays. More advanced versions of Sharp Sword might even take-off and land autonomously from Chinese aircraft carriers. Others are planned as robotic wingmen to manned jet fighters. Sharp Sword is powered by a non-afterburning WS-13 turbofan engine. It has a length of about 10 meters and a wingspan of about 14 meters.


Meet China’s Sharp Sword, a stealth drone that can likely carry 2 tons of bombs

January 18, 2017

  • The Sharp Sword UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), China’s stealthy attack drone, just won second place in the National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes. Considering the secrecy surrounding stealth drones to come out of China—there are relatively few photos of the Sharp Sword available, particularly as opposed to, say, the J-20 fighter—the Sharp Sword’s victory is pretty noteworthy. The drone, known as “Lijian” in Mandarin Chinese, is being paraded as a huge win for Chinese aviation technology. And it is. The Sharp Sword is the first non-NATO stealthy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). Built by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, with much of the work done by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, the Sharp Sword first flew in November 2013. Looking a bit like a mini-B-2 flying wing bomber, the UCAV has two internal bomb bays and a likely payload of about 4,400 pounds. Its engine is a non-afterburning WS-13 turbofan engine, with serpentine inlet to hide the engine from enemy radars (the first Sharp Sword does not use a stealthy nozzle due to its technology demonstrator status). It has a length of about 33 feet, and a wingspan of about 46 feet.


DJI and Seagate announce strategic partnership to advance data solutions for the UAV ecosystem

5 Jan 2017

  • DJI, the world’s leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and Seagate Technology (STX), a world leader in storage solutions, Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show announced a strategic partnership to work jointly to solve the data demands of UAV users. As drone cameras gain resolution and drone flight times grow longer, DJI and Seagate are focusing their efforts to securely and efficiently store, manage, download and share the hundreds of gigabytes of data that can be generated from a single drone mission.


An underdog of China’s tech scene is taking on industry leaders with a $290 drone that fits in your pocket

Dec. 30, 2016

  • Outside the Zhongguancun Software Park, Yang Jianjun, founder of Zerotech, and an engineer are standing on the empty lawn in front of the building entrance with a smartphone. During the last year and a half, Zerotech has created quite a stir. Using Qualcomm’s integrated SoC (system on chip) platform, they have rapidly reduced the size of their drones from to around 7 ounces, and the price from $500-$800 down to around $290. For comparison, industry leader DJI’s small portable Mavic Pro drone weighs 26 ounces and costs $725.


If Drone Swarms Are the Future, China May Be Winning

Dec 23, 2016

  • Although large Predator and Reaper drones are the face of modern militaries, drone swarms—dozens of fixed-wing drones flying in coordinated formation— could be the future of unmanned combat. And if these aerobatic flock of drones are in our future, then the Chinese believe they’re firmly in the lead after releasing a video last month of the largest swarm of fixed-wing drones ever flown. For years, the U.S. appeared to have a clear lead when it came to swarming drones. Last year the Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL), claimed a new world record by launching a swarm of 50 drones at Monterey, California, all controlled by the same operator. But at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition last month, state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) claimed to have shattered that record with a swarm of 67 drones flying together.


Decoding China’s home-developed drone Wing Loong


  • Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), a subsidiary of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, has gained the world’s attention with its Wing Loong Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Wing Loong UAS is a member of the “Loong (Dragon) Family” aircraft developed by the renowned CADI. Its stablemates include the Storm Dragon J-10 fighter and Thunder JF-17 figter (jointly developed with Pakistan).


Oddly Winged Xianglong Aerial Drone to Guide Chinese Missiles to US Navy Warships

Dec 09, 2016

  • Xianglong is being billed as the Chinese equivalent of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, one of the U.S. Air Force’s premier high-altitude, intelligence collection vehicles that can survey over 100,000 square kilometers a day. One source, however, said Xianglong will be armed with missiles and smart bombs. In wartime, Xianglong’s jammers will jam radars of enemy fighters and missiles. It will also jam communications between enemy bombers, airborne early warning and control aircraft, drones and datalinks between satellites, ships, land based missile launchers and missiles.


China military to induct unmanned spy drones for intelligence, electronic jamming

Dec 7, 2016

  • China’s People’s Liberation Army is in the process of inducting unmanned drones capable of reconnaissance, signal jamming and digital warfare along its land borders and deep into the seas. The locally manufactured Xianglong (Soar Dragon) drones are capable of flying at 750 km an hour.


Alibaba-Rival JD Envisions its Own Delivery Drone Fleet by 2017

November 10, 2016

  • JD.com Inc. has drawn up plans for drones to ply 100 regular routes by the end of next year. Taking advantage of less-restrictive regulations, it’s spent months testing its drones and from Friday — the same day as China’s annual 24-hour online shopathon — it intends to start operating four routes delivering packages to rural residents on a trial basis.


China develops high-speed intelligent unmanned sea vessel

November 04, 2016

  • According to Xinhua, the “SeaFly-01” finished a test at Nanhu Lake in Wuhan on Oct. 27. The 10.25-meter-long vessel has a maximum speed of 45 knots. It was built with carbon fiber material, and is equipped with BeiDou communication navigation technology. It is able to “learn” independently and avoid obstacles, among other functions. The vessel is able to carry a photoelectric scout device, light weapons, sonar and other equipment, and can be used in a wide range of applications, including coastal patrol, armed confrontation, submarine detection and water-quality monitoring.


Airshow China 2016: CASC unveils QY-1 rotary wing UAV

02 November 2016

  • The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has unveiled a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai. The QY-1 is essentially a militarised variant of the V750, which was originally developed by Weifang Tianxiang Aviation Industry Co Ltd (now known as Shenzhen Tianxiang Aviation Industry Co Ltd) as a multipurpose VTOL platform that can be employed in civilian and military applications. The V750 is itself based on the US Brantly B-2B two-seat light helicopter design, which was acquired along with production rights by Qingdao Haili Helicopter Manufacturing Co Ltd, with the first Chinese-assembled example completed in 2009 and a first flight in mid-2011.


CH-5 UAV officially unveiled at Airshow China

November 3, 2016

  • The highly anticipated CH-5 (Rainbow-5) unmanned aerial vehicle was officially launched on Tuesday at the 11th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China 2016), being held in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, between Nov. 1-6, by its developer, China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA). The CH-5 is the latest UAV of the Rainbow series. Long endurance at middle-high altitude is what its developer keeps boasting. Shi Wen, the chief designer of the rainbow series drones, confirmed at the product launch that the CH-5 can stay airborne for 40-50 hours at a time and has a range of 10,000-20,000 kilometers while carrying normal payloads. When carrying eight AR-1 air-to-ground missiles, the airborne endurance will still be maintained at around 32 hours.


Military parade reveals Turkmenistan’s new Chinese-built UAVs

02 November 2016

  • Turkmenistan paraded newly-acquired Chinese-made weapon systems, including several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), during its Independence Day parade on 27 October. The Central Asian country revealed that it has become one of the first foreign buyers of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) WJ-600A/D turbofan-powered unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).