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AVIC Cloud Shadow

High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

AVIC Cloud Shadow

High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The AVIC Cloud Shadow UCAV has been designed by Chinese aero-industry for the export market.
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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) - China
PRODUCTION: 10
OPERATORS: China (possible)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AVIC Cloud Shadow model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 5,071 pounds (2,300 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 7,055 pounds (3,200 kilograms)
ENGINE: Estimated: 1 x WP-11C turbojet engine of unknown rating / output.
SPEED (MAX): 385 miles-per-hour (620 kilometers-per-hour; 335 knots)
RANGE: 180 miles (290 kilometers; 157 nautical miles)
CEILING: 49,213 feet (15,000 meters; 9.32 miles)




ARMAMENT



OPTIONAL:
Air-to-surface, precision-guided missiles and drop bombs including Blue Arrow-7, YJ-9E and AG-300M series.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Cloud Shadow - Base Series Name
• Cloud Shadow CS-1 - Imagery reconnaissance model
• Cloud Shadow CS-2 - Electronic reconnaissance model
• Cloud Shadow CS-3 - Reconnaissance strike model


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the AVIC Cloud Shadow High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).  Entry last updated on 8/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market continues to grow and, for larger aero-industries like that of China, this means untapped potential in the lucrative export market. As a result, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has unveiled the "Cloud Shadow" UAV/UCAV during the 11th Zhuhai Air Show in November of 2016. The aircraft is a development of Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) which falls under the AVIC parent label.

The product on display showcases a very sleek, stealth-like appearance akin to the General Atomics Avenger Unmanned Air Combat Vehicle (UCAV) offering. The bulbous nose assembly is well-streamlined and tapers to the rear to which an air scoop is set over the dorsal line. The scoop is straddled by outward-canted vertical fins. The wing mainplanes are swept back and featured along midships of the fuselage. The undercarriage is wheeled and completely retractable to preserve aerodynamic efficiency.

As its core, the Cloud Shadow represents a Chinese attempt at a budget-friendly High-Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft that is weapons capable. Two distinct versions have been mentioned - the standard unarmed reconnaissance model and an armed reconnaissance model. Weapons are held externally along four underwing hardpoints (two to a wing). Munitions supported will include a variety of Chinese precision weapons including both missiles and drop bombs. The listed mission payload is 880 lb.

Performance specifications include a maximum speed of 385 miles per hour, a service ceiling of at least 46,000 feet and a Line-of-Sight (LoS) link range out to 180 miles. The aircraft's mission endurance window is set for six hours. The jet engine is most likely the WJ-600 series or similar.

There are three planned production forms for the Cloud Shadow UAV family. The Cloud Shadow CS-1 is the base imagery reconnaissance model and this is to be followed by the CS-2 which fulfills the electronic reconnaissance role. The CS-3 is set to be a fully-armed reconnaissance strike model. All will carry the WP-11C series turbojet engine for propulsion.

November 2017 - A mock-up of the Cloud Shadow UAV was put on display during the Dubai Air Show.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (385mph).

    Graph average of 300 miles-per-hour.
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Graph showcases the AVIC Cloud Shadow'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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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue