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The newest Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle CH-5 made its first flight

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   According to CCTV7, the flight lasted more than 20 minutes and ended at the airfield in Hebei Province. Project leader Ou Zhongming said after the tests that "several countries, including both users of the previous models of the Tsaihun series, and new potential customers are already negotiating the acquisition of CH-5 with the developer - the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics".

   "The vehicle is not inferior to the UQ MQ-9 Reaper of the US corporation General Atomics - a hunter-drone, which is considered the best by Western analysts," said the chief designer of the "Tsaihun" series Shi Wen.

   According to the designer, "a UAV made of composite materials can be in the air for up to 60 hours - three times as long as its predecessors", the range of its flight is 10 thousand km, the take-off mass can reach 3.3 tons.

   The report notes that "UAV can carry up to a ton of payload, in one version - 24 missiles." The UAV can also be used for long-range radar detection and control and carry EW assets. Shi Wen added that the CH-5, in addition, "can be equipped for patrolling the water areas and searching for submarines."

   CH-5 - medium-altitude long-haul drone (MALE, medium altitude long endurance). His prototype made the first flight in August 2015.

 

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http://eng.mod.gov.cn/news/2017-09/28/content_4793397.htm

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   BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday.

   The flight tests are being conducted as scheduled, Wu said at a press conference.

   The J-20 is China's fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet. It made its maiden flight in 2011 and was first shown to the public at the 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, in November last year.

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More details about the Chinese UAVS Cloud Shadow from Dubai Airshow 2017

https://imp-navigator.livejournal.com/677835.html

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   It was first shown last year in Zhuhai. Then the cruising altitude of the flight was declared to be 14000 m, the maximum speed to 620 km / h, the maximum payload of 400 kg with a normal take-off weight of 3000 kg and flight duration up to 6 hours.
   As reported at the Dubai Air Show, there are three versions of this UAV:
CS-1 - UAV scout with high-resolution camera and radar. Is able to record in an hour up to 10,000 square kilometers from a height of 13 km.
CS-2 - UAV radio electronic reconnaissance, capable of detecting ground-based radar from a distance of up to 400 km and intercepting communication signals at a distance of up to 200 km
CS-3 - reconnaissance and strike UAV with ECO, radar and armament, among which there are including small AShM YJ-9E

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also some abandoned vector thruster plan for J-8 modernization

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engine baffle plan

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two-dimensional thrust vectoring plan and the test prototype

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some back fuselage design of the 2D TVC replace the horizontal stablizer and elevator of the 90s

well,guess they don't need that anymore

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