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Zhuhai 2016: China unveils new unmanned rotorcraft

31st October 2016 - 11:12 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Zhuhai


The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled its AV500W unmanned helicopter at the 11th Zhuhai Air Show, being held this week in southern China from 1-6 November.

The AV500W was developed by AVIC’s Helicopter Research and Development Institute. 

The aircraft is capable of being outfitted with a variety of sensors, weapons and surveillance equipment. Payloads include synthetic aperture radar, EO sensor, communications relay and an unidentified air-to-ground missile.

The air-to-ground missile could possibly be the 16kg TL-2 that can also be fitted on the medium-range ASN-209 fixed-wing UAV. The China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation first revealed the

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick

Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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