24.5.2020

Chinese AR500C unmanned helicopter performs its maiden flight

Chinese AR500C unmanned helicopter performs its maiden flight – link

Source: Army Recognition

Article Headlines

  • China’s AR500C unmanned helicopter designed to be used for plateau regions has completed its maiden flight recently in the eastern province of Jiangxi, sources with the developer said, on May 21, 2020
  • The maiden flight took place on May 20, 2020. The UAV flew for about 20 minutes, according to its developer, a helicopter research institute in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China
  • The AR500C has a maximum take-off weight of 500 kg, a maximum take-off height of 5,000 meters, and a service ceiling of 6,700 meters. It can fly for five hours with a maximum level flight speed of 170 kph according to the company
  • The AR500C will be used for reconnaissance and communication relays. It also has a wide range of applications in fields such as electronic interference, search support, security and fire control, forest fire prevention, maritime control, fire strikes, and material delivery

Overview & Comments

  • The system is another show of China’s advancements over the years in manufacturing UAS systems
  • Recently unveiling the GJ-11 with supposed stealth capabilities, the BZK-005 MALE UAS and the known Wing Loong & CH families of systems
  • The Chinese rise in UAS export is a fascinating issue as it is an issue worth researching in depth as Chinese systems are quickly filling the gap in leading markets over other, up-till-date, industry leaders
  • Other Chinese unmanned helicopter platforms are the: AV500W, Blowfish, JC260, U8EW and more
  • Contact ABG-SC to learn more on China’s role in the modern UAS market
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