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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 ©

  Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II  
Picture of Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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.

Any available statistics for the Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II Specifications
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Year: 2016
Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Manufacturer(s): Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC) - China
Production: 1
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 0

Installed Power
1 x Engine driving a three-bladed propeller in pusher configuration.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Range: 1,802 mi (2,900 km; 1,566 nm)
Service Ceiling: 27,887 ft (8,500 m; 5.28 mi)

Optical and sensors payload. Possible development of air-to-surface guided munitions capability in the form of 2 x missiles or similar drop/launched ordnance.

Operators List

Series Model Variants
• Sparrow Hawk II

Supported Weapon Systems
Graphical image of an aircraft air-to-surface missile
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition