China's New Combat Drone Yaoying II Conducts Maiden Flight

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China's New Combat Drone Yaoying II Conducts Maiden Flight

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Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducted its maiden flight on July 3, 2018, from Anshun Huangguoshu Airport in China’s southern Guizhou Province. / Source: Chinese Media

Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducted its maiden flight on July 3, 2018, from Anshun Huangguoshu Airport in China’s southern Guizhou Province. / Source: Chinese Media

On July 3, 2018, China's new Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) — Yaoying II, a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drone made its maiden flight, according to its manufacturer, Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation (GAIC), a subsidiary of state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

As per the state media release, this new strike-capable drone was seen bearing the name "Air Sniper" on its fuselage, flew from Anshun Huangguoshu Airport in China’s southern Guizhou Province. Also, according to a latest SCMP article, this drone is destined for export markets and expected by the manufacturer to repeat the success of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation's CASC Rainbow 4 (CH-4A) reconnaissance-cum-combat drones.


Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV at Anshun Huangguoshu Airport's tarmac on July 3, 2018, / Source: Chinese Media

The drone is a derivative of unarmed Yaoying-1, which was developed by GAIC for allegedly civilian uses such as aerial surveying and mapping. The drone had been dubbed as Harrier Hawk II "Air Sniper", launched by the GAIC in the year 2011 to carry a small synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for radar imaging missions, and this small SAR was housed in a payload pad under the fuselage.


Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying I MALE UAV (also, known as Harrier Hawk II "Air Sniper") with SAR pod under the fuselage as seen in the year 2011 / Source: Chinese Media

According to the GAIC, the six-meter drone can fly at speeds of up to 230km/h at an altitude of 7,500 meters with a rear-mounted, three-blade propeller driven by a pusher engine. It has a flight endurance of 16 hours with payload and 32 hours without payload, controlled by operators as far from 200km away.

Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV at Anshun Huangguoshu Airport's tarmac on July 3, 2018, / Source: Chinese Media

Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV at Anshun Huangguoshu Airport's tarmac on July 3, 2018, / Source: Chinese Media

The drone is fitted with one hardpoint under each wing supported by pylons to carry to air-to-air/air-to-surface missiles to deliver mission specific strike packages.

Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducted its maiden flight on July 3, 2018, from Anshun Huangguoshu Airport in China’s southern Guizhou Province. / Source: Chinese Media

Image Attribute: China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducted its maiden flight on July 3, 2018, from Anshun Huangguoshu Airport in China’s southern Guizhou Province. / Source: Chinese Media

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