The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on 21 May that it has conducted the first flight of its AR500C/AV500C vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype.
The company’s China Helicopter Research and Development Institute (CHRDI) said in a statement that the multirole platform, which is based on the AR500B/AV500B and was shown bearing the designation AV500C-PT01, took to the skies on 20 May for 20 minutes at a CHRDI facility in Poyang in China’s northeastern Jiangxi Province.
AVIC said that the rotorcraft, which is being developed for high-altitude operations – especially from plateaus – has a maximum take-off weight of 500 kg, and a service ceiling of 6,700 m from a take-off altitude of 5,000 m. It has an endurance of 5 hours, a cruising speed of 165 km/h, and can achieve a maximum level flight speed of 170 km/h. READ MORE...
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