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NORINCO Sharp Eye III

Reconnaissance / Strike Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS)

NORINCO Sharp Eye III

Reconnaissance / Strike Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS)

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



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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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
PRODUCTION: 2
OPERATORS: China (possible)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the NORINCO Sharp Eye III model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 13.12 feet (4 meters)
WIDTH: 16.40 feet (5 meters)
HEIGHT: 3.94 feet (1.2 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 441 pounds (200 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Engine driving two-blade main rotor and two-blade tail rotor.
SPEED (MAX): 75 miles-per-hour (120 kilometers-per-hour; 65 knots)
RANGE: 93 miles (150 kilometers; 81 nautical miles)
CEILING: 13,780 feet (4,200 meters; 2.61 miles)




ARMAMENT



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



Series Model Variants
• Sharp Eye III - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the NORINCO Sharp Eye III Reconnaissance / Strike Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS).  Entry last updated on 5/15/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
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.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (75mph).

    Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
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Graph showcases the NORINCO Sharp Eye III's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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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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