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China Unveils Flight Footage Of Its Futuristic Stealth Drone ‘Sky Hawk’

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China Unveils Flight Footage Of Its Futuristic Stealth Drone 'Sky Hawk'

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A video showing China’s flying-saucer-like stealth drone, the Sky Hawk, was aired for the first time on China Central Television (CCTV) on January 5th.

Reportedly, the Sky Hawk conducted takeoff and landing tests at an undisclosed location and at an undisclosed time. This marks the first time the UAV was publicly shown in flight.

The video is mostly computer-generated, but has approximately 10 seconds of “real-life” footage. The platform contains seven different cameras, including an infrared camera and multispectral sensors. It has a wingspan of 18 meters and can reach a maximum cruising altitude of 7.5 km, and can deliver a payload of 815 pounds.

The drone reportedly first flew in February, but no video was available before January 5th’s broadcast. It was on display at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province in November 2018 but was never flown there.

China Unveils Flight Footage Of Its Futuristic Stealth Drone 'Sky Hawk'

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China Unveils Flight Footage Of Its Futuristic Stealth Drone 'Sky Hawk'

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According to Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, cited by state-owned Global Times, “the step-by-step revelations mean the drone is being developed and manufactured on schedule, and that China considers the drone feasible.”

Featuring a “flying wing” aerodynamic design similar to the US B-2 stealth bomber, the Sky Hawk is a high-altitude, long-range and high-speed unmanned aerial vehicle capable of conducting reconnaissance and patrol missions in hostile environments, CCTV reported.

Song Zhongping further said that the “flying wing” design is much more difficult to control than controlling an aircraft with a conventional design. “A turbofan engine on a flying wing aircraft allows it to fly much faster and farther compared with traditional turboprop or piston engine aircraft”, he said.

“Another Chinese stealth drone with a “flying wing” design, the CH-7, developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, was also on display at the air show. Its 22-meter wingspan makes it significantly larger than the Sky Hawk, providing another choice for domestic and international users,” the Global Times reminded.

The Global Times further cited an anonymous military expert who said that the Sky Hawk was expected to operate on China’s future aircraft carriers. “Electromagnetic catapults can launch a wide variety of aircraft, and since the Sky Hawk is smaller than the CH-7, it will be easier to use on an aircraft carrier,” the anonymous source said.

China’s new strategic bomber, the H-20 is also expected to use a “flying wing” aerodynamic design to gain stealth capability and other benefits.

China Unveils Flight Footage Of Its Futuristic Stealth Drone 'Sky Hawk'

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China Unveils Flight Footage Of Its Futuristic Stealth Drone 'Sky Hawk'

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  • Jesus

    Seems like the flying wing concept is en vogue for bombers and drones.

    • Pave Way IV

      For the Chinese, only! Northrop marketing would prefer you use the ‘cranked kite’ terminology for their RQ-180 to make it sound more cutting-edge. That techy name adds a good $20 million or so to the final cost of their flying wing UAV offering.

    • Rodger

      But you would want intake up the ass. Intake in front is retarded.

      • Pave Way IV

        Hey, let’s leave the personal lifestyle choices out of this discussion. Or were you talking about the CH-7 design?

        • Rodger

          Couldn’t resist, could you?

  • Daniel Miller

    RQ-180 copy

    • Nowruz

      And probably 1/10 of the research cost and a lot cheaper than the Northrop version.

      • Pave Way IV

        Some Chinese trade tariffs on the CH-7 will take care of that. Nobody is cutting into Northrop’s domestic market here in the US. MAGA!

        • Nowruz

          MAGA? You became too conformable, hooknose. Northrop is responsible for tens of thousands of my brothers and sisters lives that were taken. You may profess to be pro-American but in the eyes of the Middle East and Africa, you are just zionist p.o.s masquerading like a far right conservative. May God curse you and your zionist country.

          • Pave Way IV

            Relax, Francis – it was sarcasm. We don’t buy or import Chinese weapons in the U.S. Well, except for several hundred tonnes of our favorite Chinese synthetic opioid, fentanyl. 28,000 Americans died from fentanyl overdose in 2017.

            And in case you haven’t noticed, God seems to have already cursed me… with TWO zionist countries: the one I live in – the US – and the parasitic one that my Israeli-firster, dual-citizen leaders insist that I pay for and protect. See why we try to numb our pain with fentanyl?

      • Daniel Miller

        Yea and 1/10th the quality too xD

    • Pave Way IV
      • Daniel Miller

        yea like the MiG-1.44 and the J20…get the fuck out of hier…

  • Rodger

    They are just BS-ing the UK sub-design. Anyway the scale is much too small.

  • Barba_Papa

    You know, for all the talk about stealth being overrated, that the S-300/400/500 family can see right through it, I find it interesting that both China and Russia still work on their own stealth designs.