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WJ-600A/D Sky Hawk drone

The newest WJ-600A/D has an ultrafast cruising speed of 700 km/h, while other Chinese drones can reach only 280 km/h as their top speed. The WJ-600A/D has a stealth design-it appears to be a bird on radar, according to CASIC's Unmanned Aircraft Institute.

China's precision machinery import and export companies on the Southeast Asian market to provide the most complex unmanned aerial vehicles is the jet WJ-600 UAV. WJ-600 A/D is a development of CASIC HW-610 and CASIC HW-600 Sky Hawk (WJ-600), and in comparison to its predecessors that is either a reconnaissance only version or a ground attack only version, WJ-600 A/D incorporates both the reconnaissance and ground attack capability so that it can perform both missions, and hence A/D in its name stands for attack drone.

WJ-600A / D reconnaissance integrated drone is not as simple as drone plus missile. He is not just a cold metal machine, but has soul (combat mission), hawk eye (reconnaissance system), and brain (control System) and the main "organs" such as the heart (power system), and "agents" that can communicate with the combat command and control system through communication systems. Its flight speed is domestically leading, and its stealth and penetration performance are among the highest in the country. It is suitable for complex battlefield environments, especially for performing various tasks in areas with tight protection and no absolute air dominance. It has dual autonomous control of "autonomous flight" and "remote control", which is in line with the characteristics of local war under modern informatization conditions.

The WJ-600 UAV system is an important weapon for information warfare. It can load airborne reconnaissance equipment, synthetic aperture radar and electronic reconnaissance equipment. It has the characteristics of fast response and strong penetration ability. Day and time to perform reconnaissance and damage assessment and other tasks, you can also load the airborne weapon system to achieve ground attack, electronic warfare, information relay and target simulation and other military tasks.

WJ-600 UAV using tactical UAV common conventional pneumatic layout, such as the exhibition on the monsoon, single vertical tail, tail with a turbo jet engine. The aircraft is a small number of China's use of jet engine as a power system tactical attack unmanned aerial vehicles, after China's public display of tactical UAV more than the piston engine as a driving force.

A piston engine, although low speed when the thrust is large, suitable for low-speed cruise tasks and the advantages of good economy, but compared with the turbojet high-speed performance is poor. The WJ-600 UAV uses a turbojet engine, which, in conjunction with its straight body, provides faster reconnaissance capability and a shorter ground strike cycle. WJ-600 UAV used in the straight main wing although the visual sweep angle is small, but can guarantee a better take-off capability of UAV.

WJ-600 UAV can be installed photoelectric sensor for camera / camera reconnaissance, but the aircraft model did seen in 2014 did not install the photoelectric sensor system. It is not known whether the model had not yet been completed. The WJ-600 may have an airborne synthetic aperture radar as the main fire control sensor attack unmanned aerial vehicles , indicating that China's tactical UAV sensor technology reached a new level.

The WJ-600 UAV on the air show is equipped with at least three airborne weapons, two of which are tactical air-to-ground missiles and one precision-guided bomb. At present, the use of tactical missiles from an attack UAV models are more popular, such as tactical attack UAV Predator using Hellfire anti-tank missiles to attack, but the small air missiles warhead power is inferior to the same weight of the guided bomb.

However, in the case of low unmanned aerial vehicles, guided bombs are difficult to obtain a far range without power; and guided bombs require unmanned aerial vehicles to be able to bind satellite navigation and inertial navigation data, making the use of the system more difficult. According to this, WJ-600 UAV high-speed program may be used to ensure the range of guided bombs, synthetic aperture radar-based sensor system is to facilitate the guidance of bombs to provide target data.

The development of miniaturized precision-guided weapons has provided a solid material foundation for the realization of the Cha-Da capability. The WJ-600A / D UAV can carry CM-502KG missile weapons to perform long-term patrol reconnaissance and surveillance of large areas, and can complete combat tasks such as fixed-target full-autonomous strike, time-sensitive target call strike, and target reconnaissance strike. The cruising speed is 500km / h to 700km / h, and the reconnaissance area thousands of miles away can be reached "instantly". In addition, because high-speed UAVs fly at altitudes of 8,000 to 10,000 meters, they can cover a larger area under the same field of view of the reconnaissance equipment, and the reconnaissance height and the coverage area are in a square relationship, plus the higher flight speed, the unit Reconnaissance and combat efficiency are extremely high in time.

The WJ-600A / D UAV has a single wing and an inverted T tail aerodynamic layout. The radar scattering area is about 0.1 square meters, which is comparable to the radar scattering characteristics of a bird. Close to the enemy without being found. In combat use, it can take off outside the theater, quickly fly to a predetermined area and perform reconnaissance surveillance and target search tasks. After finding the target, it can track it silently like a "ghost" and transmit the target image back to the command center in real time. The target is confirmed, the rear operator only needs to click the mouse, the airborne missile will attack the target, and complete the timely and accurate strike mission successfully.

Developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Group, the standard WJ-600 leave time for 2.5-3 hours, the flight height of 1200 meters. The new WJ-600A clearance time increased to 3.5-5 hours, the flight height of 8000 meters. These two unmanned aerial vehicles can be equipped with synthetic aperture radar, information collection equipment or electronic warfare equipment, in addition to the use of a series of "micro-ground attack" weapons. However, this UAV has a payload of only 130 kg.

CASIC has put the WJ-500, WJ-600 and WJ-600A/D military drones on the market. Unlike other Chinese drones, which resemble fixed-wing planes with landing gear, CASIC drones all resemble a cruise missile. The company is the only producer of cruise missiles in China. CASIC's drones are launched from a vehicle and retrieved after descending by parachute.

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, the nation's largest missile-maker, has begun to develop military drones that can evade radar and anti-aircraft weapons. The company is focusing on the development of a long-endurance stealth drone and a near-space drone, said Wei Yiyin, CASIC deputy general manager and a member of the CPPCC National Committee.

It's all part of CASIC's determination to become a world-class provider of unmanned aircraft and related services, Wei told China Daily 09 March 2017. "As military reforms are drastically changing armed forces around the world, drones have become an indispensable weapon in modern warfare because they can play an important role in high-resolution reconnaissance, long-distance precision strikes, anti-submarine operations and aerial combat," Wei said.

Within the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period, CASIC will strive to develop technologies for long-endurance stealth drones, complete the design of high-speed combat/reconnaissance drones and use these new products to tap domestic and international markets. The company also plans to make multipurpose, stealth target aircraft used for training, he added.

Turkmenistan took delivery Chinese high-speed WJ-600A/D unmanned aerial vehicle in 2016.

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