China’s largest unmanned helicopter makes 1st flight

BEIJING–An unmanned helicopter, the largest of its kind in China, has successfully completed its first flight in Weifang City in eastern Shandong province.

The medium-size helicopter, with a maximum take-off weight of 757 kilograms, took off from the flight test center of Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry last Saturday morning, reported the Global Times.

It hovered for 10 minutes, performing a few maneuvers before finishing with a stable landing, said the newspaper.

The helicopter, model no. V-750, has a load capacity of more than 80 kilograms.

It can fly at a maximum speed of 161 kph with a cruising duration of more than four hours and at a height of 3,000 meters, according to the newspaper.

The aircraft can be remotely controlled within a distance of more than 150 kilometers or automatically fly following input fed to its programs.

Further, it could be used in surveillance, and search and rescue in all sorts of geographical and weather conditions, and for scientific exploration for both military and civilian purposes, said Mr. Cheng Shenzong, chairman of Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace.

The helicopter was developed together by several organizations, including Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace, Qingdao Haili Helicopters Manufacturing and China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation, and was unveiled in August last year.

Currently, the airplane factory producing the V-750 could put out 150 units a year, reported China’s media.

The appearance of the V-750 broke the dominance of the United States and Israel in the field of unmanned helicopters, noted the Shandong-based Pufang Daily.

Source: The China Post

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