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Hybrid UAV spotted on Chinese warship

15th March 2019 - 11:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


On 26 February, an image emerged of a UAV taking off from the stern flight deck of a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 052C destroyer during a training exercise. The UAV was later identified as an SD-40 Sea Cavalry.

The electricity/petrol-powered UAV, developed and built by Xiamen Han Feiying Aviation (or Xiamen Han’s Eagle Aviation Technology Company), is capable of vertical take-offs and landings, as well as flying as a regular fixed-wing aircraft in horizontal flight.

The UAV was spotted aboard the Luyang II-class destroyer Lanzhou, which was one of several warships belonging to the Southern Theatre

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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