Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II - China, 2016
Detailing the development and operational history of the Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Entry last updated on 11/11/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II achieved first flight in 2011 and showcases an appearance not unlike the American Predator family of UAVs.
Its design shape no doubt inspired by the successful American General Atomics "Predator" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) line, the Chinese Sparrow Hawk II is an in-development air system intended for the surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering role. Its payload consists of optical systems and sensors for the roles at hand while power is served through a single engine driving a three-bladed propeller assembly in a "pusher" configuration. The engine is - as in the Predator series - fitted at the rear of the fuselage. It also features a Vee style tail unit and wide-spanning main wingplanes. The fuselage is slender and well-contoured for flight with a blister pack mounted under the fuselage for its payload-carrying capabilities. The undercarriage is wheeled, requiring the UAV to land and take-off from prepared runways.
The Sparrow Hawk II completed a flight on August 1st, 2011 when testing its double-load remote sensing unit. The flight lasted 4.5 hours and proved successful.
The vehicle has been photographed with underwing hardpoints and dummy missiles showing the intent to make the Sparrow Hawk II an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) at some point in its development.