The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to evolve at a quickening pace as its growing collection of active, and in-development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) shows. This is embodied by such products as the Aisheng ASN-209 Medium Altitude, Medium Endurance (MAME) tactical UAV in service with the People's Liberation Army as well as the Egyptian Army. The type serves in the information-gathering role and is of a largely conventional design and arrangement. Development on the type began in 2011 under the ASN Technology Group brand label as a joint partnership with the Egypt government.
The Chinese Army uses the ASN-209 under the "Silver Eagle" name.
The ASN-209 features a central fuselage nacelle housing the avionics kit, mission package payload, powerplant, and fuel stores. The engine is fitted at the rear of the nacelle and drives a two-bladed propeller arranged in a "pusher" configuration. The main wing appendages are straight planes fitted over the nacelle with thin tailbooms extending aft and each boom holding a vertical tail fin. A horizontal plane is attached between the fins to act as the stabilizer. The aircraft is launched via catapult from the rear of a modified 6x6 wheeled transport truck. Rocket assistance aids in getting the USV airborne during launch. It is assumed that a net arrangement is used to reclaim the UAV upon its return to ground control forces.
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