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Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)

China (2012)
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The Aisheng ASN-209 was a joint-development of a MAME UAV system between China and Egypt.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle) Medium Altitude, Medium Endurance (MAME) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 5/16/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to evolve at a quickening pace as its growing collection of active, and in-development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) shows. This is embodied by such products as the Aisheng ASN-209 Medium Altitude, Medium Endurance (MAME) tactical UAV in service with the People's Liberation Army as well as the Egyptian Army. The type serves in the information-gathering role and is of a largely conventional design and arrangement. Development on the type began in 2011 under the ASN Technology Group brand label as a joint partnership with the Egypt government.

The Chinese Army uses the ASN-209 under the "Silver Eagle" name.

The ASN-209 features a central fuselage nacelle housing the avionics kit, mission package payload, powerplant, and fuel stores. The engine is fitted at the rear of the nacelle and drives a two-bladed propeller arranged in a "pusher" configuration. The main wing appendages are straight planes fitted over the nacelle with thin tailbooms extending aft and each boom holding a vertical tail fin. A horizontal plane is attached between the fins to act as the stabilizer. The aircraft is launched via catapult from the rear of a modified 6x6 wheeled transport truck. Rocket assistance aids in getting the USV airborne during launch. It is assumed that a net arrangement is used to reclaim the UAV upon its return to ground control forces.

With its MAME classification, this UAV can fulfill a variety of roles at up to medium altitude levels including target designation, ELectronic INTelligence (ELINT), target tracking, Electronic Warfare (EW), or serve in the communications relay role for accompanying ground or aerial forces. As far as is known, the ASN-209 is not an armed hunter-killer UAV. It is featured with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 700lbs, can reach speeds of 115 miles per hour, cruise at 90 miles per hour and range out 125 miles. Its mission endurance window is rated at 10 hours with an operational service ceiling of 16,400 feet.

Any available statistics for the Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle) Medium Altitude, Medium Endurance (MAME) 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).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (112mph).

    Graph average of 90 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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Origin: China
Year: 2012
Type: Medium Altitude, Medium Endurance (MAME) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Manufacturer(s): Xian Aisheng Technology Group Company Ltd -China
Production: 24
Status: Active, Limited Service
Global Operators:
China; Egypt
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
14.11 ft


Meters
4.3 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
24.61 ft


Meters
7.5 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
4.92 ft


Meters
1.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
331 lb


Kilograms
150 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
705 lb


Kilograms
320 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Conventional engine driving two-bladed propeller in pusher configuration.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
112 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
180 kph


Knots
97 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
124 mi


Kilometers
200 km


Nautical Miles
108 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
16,404 ft


Meters
5,000 m


Miles
3.11 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Mission payload currently centers in information-gathering, target tracking, target designation, and communications relay services.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• ASN-209 - Base Product Designation
• "Silver Eagle" - Chinese Army name