China reveals ‘Sharp Sword’ stealth drone that can carry two TONNES of bombs
China has revealed a stealth drone dubbed ‘Sharp Sword’ that that could be capable of dropping more than 4,000 pounds of bombs.
The unmanned aerial vehicle won second place in China’s National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes, and is the first non-NATO craft of its kind, according to Popular Science.
It’s said the Sharp Sword could enter service as soon as 2019-2020 for use in reconnaissance missions and for tracking foreign warships, and eventually, it could be used for combat.
The stealthy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) is being touted a huge win for Chinese aviation technology, Popular Science reports.
It was built by Aviation Industry Corporation of China, and is equipped with two internal bomb bays.
This could carry a payload of roughly 4,400 pounds.
The 33-foot-long Sharp Sword craft has a wingspan of roughly 46 feet, and uses a non-afterburning WS-13 turbofan engine with serpentine inlet to mask it from enemy radar.
Sharp Sword first flew in November 2013, and has a similar appearance to a small B-2 flying wing bomber and the American X-47B.
didisaythat, grapevine, United States, 5 minutes ago
Literally a “stealth” drone – the technology was stolen. Now we have to wait and see if it flies.
ElmoFreen, Fort Lauderdale, United States, 1 hour ago
On 4 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. Barry refused pleas to retake it or destroy it. We see the result
fleabittenrangebum, Vista Blanco, United States, 1 hour ago
Where did they steal these plans?
Earthling, Milkyway, United States, 16 minutes ago
STOLEN Sharp Sword.
Rob, Brisbane, 38 minutes ago
I wonder what the flying cost per hour is?? Australia take note, a lot less than F35 I would wager.