China’s Pterosaur UAV (The Chinese Unmanned Attack Aircraft)

By | January 6, 2015

Pterosaur (Yi-Long or Yilong, 翼龙) is a low-altitude, military-civilian dual-use and long-endurance Chinese UAV developed by AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China). Pterosaur is equipped with reconnaissance device, laser light, electronic warfare equipments, light space-based strike weapons (SBSW), the UAV can be tailored to various missions such as peacekeeping, anti-terrorism, border patrols as well as disaster monitoring and atmospheric research.

China’s Pterosaur UAV

Pterosaur UAV has a fuselage exceeding 9 meters and a wingspan of 14 meters enabling it to maintain a long stay in the air. Pterosaur UAV resembles the famous General Atomics MQ-1 Predator used by the United States Air Force which is famous for its participation in the “beheading operations” in Iraq and Afghanistan. With similar performance but much lower price, more and more international buyers are interested in the Pterosaur UAV. 

Specifications

Specifications

Overall Length

9.344m

Overall Height

2.774m

Wingspan

14.000m

Fuselage Width

1.063m

Fuselage Height

1.092m

Maximum Takeoff Weight (KG)

1200

Maximum Altitude

5300m

Maximum Flight Speed

280km/h

Maximum Flight Duration

20h

Maximum Range

4000km

Takeoff Distance

800m

Landing Distance

600m(with brake)

Payload

350kg

Payload (Weapons)

200kg(wing hanging points)

Fuel Capacity

300kg

Development History of Pterosaur UAV

Pterosaur UAV was first developed by AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) targeting at meeting the international market demand for UAV. The project was officially launched in 2005 and made public in 2008. The national export licensing of Pterosaur UAV was obtained in June 2009 and its mass production began in 2010. 

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