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.
Production 1 Units
Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAIC) / Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) - China
- Ground Attack
1 x Engine driving a three-bladed propeller in pusher configuration.
27,887 feet (8,500 m; 5.28 miles)
1,802 miles (2,900 km; 1,566 nm)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
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.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II production model)
Sparrow Hawk II
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