First Fight for China’s Ship-borne Unmanned Helicopter

First Fight for China’s Ship-borne Helicopter Drone – link

Source: Defense World

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  • China’s first ship-borne lightweight helicopter drone has recently made its maiden flight
  • The AR-500B drone will be deployed abroad smaller vessels including corvettes and coast guard ships for missions like patrol and search and rescue, analysts predicted
  • Developed by state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the AR-500B successfully made its maiden flight at a test facility in Poyang county, East China’s Jiangxi Province on November 27, according to a statement released by AVIC China Helicopter Research and Development Institute
  • During the test flight, which lasted for about half an hour, an AR-500B ran subjects including takeoff, hovering, maneuvering and landing. The successful development of the AR-500B made up for China’s lack of a type of ship-based lightweight helicopter drone, the statement said
  • In order to make the helicopter drone capable of operating on a ship, the development team designed a landing assistance device, a landing guidance system and an automatic landing control system. The craft has also been tested in environments with high humidity, high temperature, mould, and salt spray
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