New Chinese combat drone WJ-700 performs maiden flight

China carried out a profitable first flight take a look at of its WJ-700 Falcon, a brand new jet-powered fight and reconnaissance drone.

In response to the state information company Xinhua, the take a look at ocurred within the early morning of January 11, 2020, at an undisclosed location. Each the plane and its management methods operated as deliberate, the report indicated.

WJ-700 Falcon is a medium/excessive altitude lengthy endurance (MALE/HALE) unmanned aerial car (UAV) able to serving as a reconnaissance, surveillance and early warning platform. The drone may conduct digital warfare missions, in addition to carry a “giant” payload which incorporates quite a few sorts of high-precision munitions. 

It’s developed by HIWING, a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Business Company (CASIC). The plane was first showcased at Zhuhai Airshow in 2018.

Though neither actual traits, nor the position of WJ-700 was not disclosed, earlier stories recommended that the UAV has a most takeoff weight (MTOW) of three,500 kilograms (7,716 kilos) and an endurance of as much as 20 hours. The WJ-700 Falcon reportedly options sure stealth capabilities. 

If this data is right, WJ-700 is considerably smaller, however finally an analogous competitor to the Common Atomics Avenger turbofan-powered drone, which first flew in 2009.

It additionally brings up a chance to make use of the Falcon as an AI-controlled loyal wingman to manned fighter jets, one thing Chinese language official sources have hinted at before. The Avenger is currently participating in Skyborg, a program to develop loyal wingmen for the US Air Drive (USAF). 

In response to Xinhua, WJ-700 is meant for each home and worldwide markets and is about to enter into service within the subsequent 5 to 10 years. 

 

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