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Guizhou (AVIC) WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)


Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)


China | 2008



"The Guizhou WZ-2000 UCAV out of China is a multi-role, armed drone platform."



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It is only natural that the unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of today become the armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV) of tomorrow. The Guizhou concern of China has developed the latter with its WZ-2000 turbofan-powered model UCAV intended as a high-speed, dedicated attack UAV with surveillance capabilities built in. Development of the aircraft began during 1999 and several mocked up forms followed at the turn of the century, leading to the finalized product of 2002. The WZ-2000 adds a whole new dimension to Chinese air attack capability, a capability currently only seen in first-rate world air forces. Additionally, it threatens the export market on UCAVs currently controlled by a select few - should China choose to offer its UCAV to its multitude of military customers, thusly reducing reliance on nations like the United States and Israel.

At various points during its lengthy development period, the WZ-2000 was known as the "WZ-9" and the "WuZhen-2000". It is commonly accepted that "WZ-2000" stands as its finalized product designation. First flight of a prototype was recorded on December 26th, 2003.

The WZ-2000 features a running length of 7.5 meters with a wingspan of 9.8 meters. Its listed Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 3,750lbs while displaying a 175lb payload capacity for stores and mission equipment. Power is from a single WS-11 turbofan engine (essentially the Russian Ivchenko AI-25 series) developing in the range of 3,800lbs thrust and propelling the airframe at speeds of near-500 miles per hour. Its stated range is 1,500 miles with a combat radius of about 500 miles. Operating ceilings can reach up to 59,000 feet while mission endurance is limited, primarily by the thirsty turbofan engine, at just three hours. It is assumed that the aircraft is crewed by a pair of operators from a Ground Control Station (GCS).

As a UCAV, the WZ-2000 supports the carrying of both air-to-surface missiles as well as precision-guided munitions to suit mission requirements.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9) Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).
1 x WS-11 turbofan engine developing 3,800 lb of thrust.
Propulsion
497 mph
800 kph | 432 kts
Max Speed
59,055 ft
18,000 m | 11 miles
Service Ceiling
1,491 miles
2,400 km | 1,296 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9) Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV).
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Crew
24.6 ft
7.50 m
O/A Length
32.2 ft
(9.80 m)
O/A Width
1,874 lb
(850 kg)
Empty Weight
3,748 lb
(1,700 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
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SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Guizhou (AVIC) WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9) Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) .
Variable. Two hardpoints for air-to-surface (KD2 or similar) ordnance including conventional drop bombs and precision-guided munitions (ZD1 or similar).
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Guizhou (AVIC) WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9) family line.
WZ-2000 - Base Series Designation
WZ-2000B - Improved Production Model
WuZhen-2000 - Alternative Designation
WZ-9 - Previous Product Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Guizhou (AVIC) WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 20 Units

Contractor(s): Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC) / Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) - China
National flag of China

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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (497mph).

Graph Average of 375 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
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44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
GROUND ATTACK
SPECIAL FORCES
UNMANNED
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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