18/08/2020

Image of new Chinese MALE/HALE UAV emerges

Image of new Chinese MALE/HALE UAV emerges, likely CASIC WJ-700 prototype – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • A hitherto unseen image of what appears to be a new indigenously developed, MALE/HALE class gas turbine powered UAV has been circulating in Chinese social media from mid-August
  • Although partially obscured by low ambient illumination, the uncredited image nevertheless offers a clear port side rear view of the air vehicle showing its key airframe design features, which strongly resembles the general appearance of the WJ-700 MALE/HALE armed reconnaissance UAV concept model unveiled by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) at the 2018 iteration of Airshow China in Zhuhai
  • Specifications released by CASIC in 2018 stated that the turbojet-powered WJ-700 has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3,500 kg and a stated endurance of up to 20 hours
  • Unlike the vehicle-launched, cruise missile-like form factor of the company’s earlier WJ-500, WJ-600, and WJ-600A/D MALE-class armed reconnaissance UAVs, the WJ-700 adopts a more conventional monoplane design with an aerodynamically streamlined fuselage measuring about 9-10 m long that supports a retractable tricycle undercarriage (with the main landing gear retracting inward and the nosewheel rearward)
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