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Maritime Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Drone

The Chinese CSSC SG-60 appears to be an unlicensed copy of the Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack in use by the United States Navy service.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 2/22/2019
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Year: 2018
Status: Active, In-Service
Manufacturer(s): China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) - China
Production: 25
Capabilities: Navy/Maritime; Reconnaissance (RECCE); Unmanned;
Crew: 0
Length: 8.20 ft (2.5 m)
Width: 16.40 ft (5 m)
Weight (Empty): 77 lb (35 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 132 lb (60 kg)
Power: 1 x Piston engine developing 8-to-10 horsepower and driving a two-bladed propeller unit in pusher configuration at the rear of the fuselage.
Speed: 84 mph (135 kph; 73 kts)
Ceiling: 18,701 feet (5,700 m; 3.54 miles)
Range: 56 miles (90 km; 49 nm)
Operators: China (possible); Pakistan (possible)
Taking a page out of the Boeing Insitu Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) product lineup is the "SG-60", a Chinese-originated shipborne drone capable of being launched and recovered at-sea. The aircraft, built by the aptly-named Chinese shipbuilder "China State Shipbuilding Corporation" (CSSC), bears an uncanny resemblance to the Insitu "Integrator" (known to the United States Navy as the RQ-21 "Blackjack") - this air vehicle is detailed elsewhere on this site. The aircraft showcased at IDEX 2019 was shown complete with the same straight-winged mainplane arrangement, twin-boom tail unit configuration, and "pusher" propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage.

The SG-60 is currently restricted to over-water data-collection through its given Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role. As with the Integrator, the SG-60 is launched by way of catapult system and recovered by way of skyhook and cable, these residing on any given warship with the space to accommodate the equipment.

Program Updates

February 2019 - The SG-60 was unveiled at IDEX 2019.


None. Mission payload consists of sensors and camera equipment for the Intelligence-Surveiallance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role.

Variants / Models

• SG-60 - Base Series Designation.
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