12/01/2021

China's WJ-700 Falcon UAV makes maiden flight

China’s WJ-700 Falcon armed reconnaissance UAV makes maiden flight – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • Beijing-based Haiying General Aviation Equipment (Hiwing), a subsidiary of state-owned defence prime China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), has formally unveiled its indigenously developed WJ-700 MALE/HALE UAV at an undisclosed location on 11 January
  • The company also announced that the turbojet-powered WJ-700 – now officially known as the Lieying (Falcon) “high-altitude, high-speed integrated surveillance and strike”, or armed reconnaissance UAV – had performed its maiden flight on the same day
  • Specifications released by Hiwing at the public unveiling of the Falcon at Airshow China 2018 – then a large-scale concept model – stated that the air vehicle has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3,500 kg and a stated endurance of up to 20 hours
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