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Reconnaissance / Strike Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS)

The Sharp Eye III is an in-development helicopter drone presented by NORINCO of China geared towards unarmed and armed reconnaissance and strike roles.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 5/15/2018
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Year: 2019
Status: In-Development
Manufacturer(s): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
Production: 2
Capabilities: Ground Attack; Close-Air Support (CAS); Reconnaissance (RECCE); Unmanned;
Crew: 0
Length: 13.12 ft (4 m)
Width: 16.40 ft (5 m)
Height: 3.94 ft (1.2 m)
Weight (MTOW): 441 lb (200 kg)
Power: 1 x Engine driving two-blade main rotor and two-blade tail rotor.
Speed: 75 mph (120 kph; 65 kts)
Ceiling: 13,780 feet (4,200 m; 2.61 miles)
Range: 93 miles (150 km; 81 nm)
Operators: China (possible)
NORINCO of China has followed the global lead and developed an unmanned rotary-wing Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS) in the "Sharp Eye III". The product is intended for the unarmed or armed reconnaissance-strike role. The ability to behave as a traditional helicopter provides unique tactical advantages on the modern battlefield - allowing access to forward-operating areas normally cut-off to fixed-wing aircraft types.

Its design arrangement mimics that of a traditional helicopter with a main rotor mast and torque-cancelling tail-mounted blade unit. Both the main rotor and tail rotor elements are of a two-bladed design. The fuselage houses all major components including mission payloads and powerplant and a slim tail stem emanates from the upper rear section of the fuselage allowing a drive system to reach the tail rotor. The undercarriage is of a simple skid arrangement and is fixed in flight.

Like other UAS products, Sharp Eye III is operated through a manned Ground Control Unit (GCU). The listed operating ceiling is around 3.5 kilometers with a take-off weight in the 450 kilogram range. Maximum speed is 180 kmh with a mission endurance window of four to six hours.


None for traditional reconnaissance role. Mission payload to include various optics and special mission equipment. Strike versions will incorporate wingstubs for carrying rocket pods and perhaps precision strike munitions.

Variants / Models

• Sharp Eye III - Base Series Designation
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