New Player for Unmanned Assault

New Player for Unmanned Assault 18 September, 2017

China has unveiled a new unmanned reconnaissance and combat helicopter at the fourth China Helicopter Expo. Developed by Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), AV500W unmanned autonomous helicopter weighs 450 kg and is 7,2-meter-long. The rotary-winged drone can reach a maximum speed of 170 kilometers per hour and has a flight ceiling of 4 thousand meters.

The helicopter is capable of carrying 120 kg of weapons and equipment. An armed AV500W typically carries four air-to-ground missiles and is also able to carry bombs or a machine-gun pod. A typical mission would be a precision attack on light-duty armored vehicles and personnel, according to AVIC. 

AV500W has made its first flight in August this year and will be ready for mass-production in 2018. 

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