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.
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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.
[ 2 Units ] : China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the NORINCO Sharp Eye III production model)
441 lb (200 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the NORINCO Sharp Eye III production model)
1 x Engine driving two-blade main rotor and two-blade tail rotor.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the NORINCO Sharp Eye III production model)
75 mph (120 kph; 65 kts)
13,780 feet (4,200 m; 2.61 miles)
93 miles (150 km; 81 nm)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the NORINCO Sharp Eye III production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
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.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the NORINCO Sharp Eye III production model)
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