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AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme

AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme November 6, 2016

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has revealed its latest armed reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai. AV500W prototype on display is shown with a mock-up of a 6 kg precision guide bomb that is also under development by AVIC.

The AV500W is essentially a weaponised variant of the civilian model AV500 VTOL UAV modified to improve its structural rigidity, payload capacity, and overall performance for military applications, designed specifically for ground support missions.

It is developed by AVIC's China Helicopter Research and Development Institute (CHRDI),

AV500W features a cruising speed of 170 km/h, with a maximum endurance of 8 hours when configured and lightly loaded for reconnaissance missions.

AVIC unveils AV500W armed VTOL UAV development programme

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