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Guizhou (AVIC) WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)

Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)

Guizhou (AVIC) WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)

Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)

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SPECIFICATIONS
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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Guizhou WZ-2000 UCAV out of China is a multi-role, armed drone platform.
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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2008
STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC) / Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) - China
PRODUCTION: 20
OPERATORS: China
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 24.61 feet (7.5 meters)
WIDTH: 32.15 feet (9.8 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,874 pounds (850 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 3,748 pounds (1,700 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x WS-11 turbofan engine developing 3,800 lb of thrust.
SPEED (MAX): 497 miles-per-hour (800 kilometers-per-hour; 432 knots)
RANGE: 1,491 miles (2,400 kilometers; 1,296 nautical miles)
CEILING: 59,055 feet (18,000 meters; 11.18 miles)




ARMAMENT



Variable. Two hardpoints for air-to-surface (KD2 or similar) ordnance including conventional drop bombs and precision-guided munitions (ZD1 or similar).
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• WZ-2000 - Base Series Designation
• WZ-2000B - Improved Production Model
• WuZhen-2000 - Alternative Designation
• WZ-9 - Previous Product Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Guizhou (AVIC) WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9) Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).  Entry last updated on 10/27/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
It is only natural that the unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of today become the armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV) of tomorrow. The Guizhou concern of China has developed the latter with its WZ-2000 turbofan-powered model UCAV intended as a high-speed, dedicated attack UAV with surveillance capabilities built in. Development of the aircraft began during 1999 and several mocked up forms followed at the turn of the century, leading to the finalized product of 2002. The WZ-2000 adds a whole new dimension to Chinese air attack capability, a capability currently only seen in first-rate world air forces. Additionally, it threatens the export market on UCAVs currently controlled by a select few - should China choose to offer its UCAV to its multitude of military customers, thusly reducing reliance on nations like the United States and Israel.

At various points during its lengthy development period, the WZ-2000 was known as the "WZ-9" and the "WuZhen-2000". It is commonly accepted that "WZ-2000" stands as its finalized product designation. First flight of a prototype was recorded on December 26th, 2003.

The WZ-2000 features a running length of 7.5 meters with a wingspan of 9.8 meters. Its listed Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 3,750lbs while displaying a 175lb payload capacity for stores and mission equipment. Power is from a single WS-11 turbofan engine (essentially the Russian Ivchenko AI-25 series) developing in the range of 3,800lbs thrust and propelling the airframe at speeds of near-500 miles per hour. Its stated range is 1,500 miles with a combat radius of about 500 miles. Operating ceilings can reach up to 59,000 feet while mission endurance is limited, primarily by the thirsty turbofan engine, at just three hours. It is assumed that the aircraft is crewed by a pair of operators from a Ground Control Station (GCS).

As a UCAV, the WZ-2000 supports the carrying of both air-to-surface missiles as well as precision-guided munitions to suit mission requirements.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (497mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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