This Picture Might be the Future for China's Aircraft Carriers
This picture is a hint.
This Picture Might be the Future for China's Aircraft Carriers
China apparently possesses a jet-propelled unmanned aerial vehicle that’s suitable for tests aboard a future, catapult-equipped aircraft carrier.
The development means Beijing in theory could rapidly deploy fast drones aboard a planned class of large carriers, once the new vessels commission into service in the mid-2020s.
The Tian Ying drone, a product of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, appeared in the public display at the biennial air show in Zhuhai in November 2018.
Tian Ying is actually a family of drones, some of them having very little in common with the others. The Tian Ying that CASIC prominently displayed at Zhuhai is a jet-powered flying wing that reportedly is similar in scale to the U.S. Air Force’s RQ-170 surveillance drone, which has a 66-feet wingspan.
CASIC announced the carrier-compatible Tian Ying’s first test flight in February 2018. “Eighty percent of our drone’s technologies are the newest and most advanced, some of which are leading the global [drone] industry,” said Ma Hongzhong, the UAV’s lead designer.
Notably, the Tian Ying at Zhuhai has the bulky, heavy-duty landing gear that’s normally associated with aircraft designed to land aboard aircraft carriers with their arrestor wires and limited deck space.
In that way, the Tian Ying might have more in common with the U.S. Navy’s former X-47B drone demonstrator, built by Northrop Grumman, than it does the Lockheed Martin-made RQ-170. With an apparent maximum take-off weight of around four tons, the land-based RQ-170 is light for its size. The 62-feet-wingspan X-47B with its arrestor hook and reinforced landing gear has a maximum take-off weight of around 20 tons.
The Navy and Northrop flew a pair of X-47Bs in a multi-billion-dollar series of carrier trials between 2011 and 2017. In the summer of 2013, the X-47B completed the first carrier-landings and catapult-launches aboard the USS George H.W. Bush sailing off the U.S. East Coast.
美国海军和诺斯罗普·格鲁曼公司在2011年到2017年期间在一系列耗资数十亿美元的航母试验中试飞了一对X - 47B。2013年夏天在美国东海岸，X-47B在乔治·H·W·布什号航母上完成了首次起降和弹射发射。
The data the Navy gathered has informed the $13-billion MQ-25 program, which aims to build 72 jet-powered aerial-refueling drones for carrier air wings beginning in the early 2020s. The sailing branch has hinted that the MQ-25 might evolve into other roles such as surveillance and surface-attack.
The Chinese military would need to undertake its own at-sea trials before it could safely integrate drones into its carrier air wings. As American experience has proved, these trials are expensive and time-consuming.
It’s unclear how serious the Chinese navy is about acquiring carrier drones or what missions the pilotless aircraft might perform. Corporate promotional art from China’s aviation and shipbuilding industries have depicted flying-wing drones launching from carriers.
But the two flattops in service with the Chinese navy are incompatible with jet-powered drones, which likely require a catapult for launch. Type 001 Liaoning, a refurbished Ukrainian vessel and China’s first carrier, launches its aircraft by way of a ramp rather than a catapult. Type 001A Shandong, China’s second carrier, also only has a ramp.
The Chinese navy’s third carrier, the Type 002 currently under construction in Shanghai, might have a catapult. A mock-up of the conceptual, apparently nuclear-powered Type 003 carrier at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing includes catapults and has a Tian Ying-style drone in the launch position.
“I wouldn’t read too much into the CVN mock-up,” said Jeffrey Lin, an independent expert on the Chinese military. “Granted, it’s the Chinese naval museum, but that thing is pretty speculative.”
But other evidence strongly hints that Beijing plans to develop a jet-powered, carrier-compatible drone — and deploy it in the 2020s around the same time Washington places its own carrier drones in front-line service.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46496.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Cheesehead18 hours ago
This picture is a picture of an American navy drone
JON18 hours ago
I may be wrong, but this thing looks like the robot plane from the movie "Stealth."
Copycat318 hours ago
Always assume the chinese want the best, largest most functional and powerful carrier they can build.
Pertnear17 hours ago
So if this picture is a hint of the future of Chinese drones, why is it showing a US drone?
J19 hours ago
Experts question how functional their carrier really is (Not carriers). Experts doubt the carrier is even sea worthy.
John19 hours ago
Hello picturing a US Navy Drone which i believe is the Navy's possible new fuel tanker drone.
Justin19 hours ago
If that is a Chinese drone, why does it have NAVY written in english on it as well as a US Military logo?....
Captain Obvious19 hours ago
"This Picture Might be the Future for China's Aircraft Carriers" The picture is of a Navy plane right here in the US. If you're going to write a fake article, at least get the picture correct.
Michael18 hours ago
That's a US drone on a American Aircraft carrier.
Kenneth18 hours ago
Drones are much less expensive than conventional jets and will likely be used in "swarms" against their adversaries where dozens, even hundreds, attack a target simultaneously. Since they are so inexpensive their losses won't amount to much when compared to conventional aircraft and pilot losses.
beachsofla16 hours ago
how does one rapidly deploy a drone on a Carrier that has yet to be built?
Patriottoo18 hours ago
Does anyone notice that the surface that drone is on is concrete. Ad that there's no wake at the stern of this "supposed" aircraft carrier.
Action Potato18 hours ago
They dont need to conduct sea trials. They can steal the rest of the data from us
Secret Squirrel19 hours ago
"Made in China"
D17 hours ago
The only unmanned war plane china will have are the ones where the pilots eject because its engines failed.
Honest Abe17 hours ago
I thought there would be a pic of a chinese ship on the bottom of the ocean after reading the headline.
bob16 hours ago
Seriously! The picture shows a US Navy aircraft . I feel embarrassed for David Axe.
EWG18 hours ago
Who did China steal the plans from to build that drone?
Robert14 hours ago
Hey China.. How do you like our American Technology.. Pretty KOOL ..HUH?
Glass Eye19 hours ago
LMAO, another copy of a copy of a copy of stolen technology. China is still 20 years away from anything great.
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ17 hours ago
Fascinating how everything China has, is a replication of American technology. We should be watching as well as scrutinizing our American Chinese scientist and technician a lot closer.
Dread Pirate Roberts17 hours ago
Step 1: Copy a picture from the US Navy of their plan for the future.
Step 2: Attach a post-it note with the chinese symbol for "ditto"
That is all.
Peter8 hours ago
Seriously? The drone in the picture has a few US Navy logo on it. Are you saying Chinese is again to copy the carrier again?
Independent10 hours ago
Made from cheap plastic and launched with a rubber band.
Harold6 hours ago
China can’t do any such thing without stealing the blue prints from USA
- K. S.12 hours ago
How can this be a Chinese Aircraft with the American Air Force symbols?
This is just another YAHOO "Fake News Story".......