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NORINCO Sharp Eye III


Reconnaissance / Strike Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS) [ 2019 ]



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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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.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
Manufacturer(s)
China (possible)
Operators National flag of China
2019
Service Year
China
National Origin
In-Development
Project Status
0
(UNMANNED)
Crew
2
Units


GROUND ATTACK
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
INTELLIGENCE-SURVEILLANCE-RECONNAISSANCE
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
UNMANNED
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


13.1 ft
(4.00 meters)
Length
16.4 ft
(5.00 meters)
Width/Span
3.9 ft
(1.20 meters)
Height
441 lb
(200 kilograms)
Maximum Take-Off Weight


1 x Engine driving two-blade main rotor and two-blade tail rotor.
Propulsion
75 mph
(120 kph | 65 knots)
Max Speed
13,780 ft
(4,200 m | 3 miles)
Ceiling
93 miles
(150 km | 81 nm)
Range


MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


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.


Sharp Eye III - Base Series Designation


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