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Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

China | 2019

"The NORINCO Sky Saker is something of a Chinese take on the American General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper attack drone."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NORINCO Sky Saker Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).
1 x Conventional turboprop engine driving three-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" configuration at rear of fuselage.
295 mph
475 kph | 256 kts
Max Speed
45,932 ft
14,000 m | 9 miles
Service Ceiling
1,019 miles
1,640 km | 886 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the NORINCO Sky Saker Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).
36.1 ft
11.00 m
O/A Length
65.6 ft
(20.00 m)
O/A Width
12.5 ft
(3.80 m)
O/A Height
4,409 lb
(2,000 kg)
Empty Weight
9,259 lb
(4,200 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the NORINCO Sky Saker Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) .
4 x Air-to-Surface Missile carried externally under the wings.
Notable series variants as part of the NORINCO Sky Saker family line.
Sky Saker - Base Series Deisgnation
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Chinese military industry is developing a producing a myriad of products for its massive land, sea, and air forces and this has included a large collection of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The drive in this section in multi-fold - attempting to keep pace with the United States, showcasing its technological prowess to its neighbors, and promoting a position of self-reliance in various fields. As a long time export customer of the Soviet Union, the Chinese now take in-house products from the design stage through the development phase and can handle production locally. The reliance on outside help has become, over the decades, largely about more complex individual systems such as engines.

NORINCO of China - primarily recognized for its small arms and armored vehicle manufacturing - is heading a new Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) under the "Sky Saker". The UAV no doubt is influenced by the successful General Atomics MQ-9 "Reaper" line of the United States, the Reaper itself born from the unarmed Predator. Indeed, the NORINCO product certainly showcases many of the design elements of its American counterpart including the bulbous nose section, straight wing mainplanes, rear-mounted propulsion system (in a "pusher" arrangement), wholly retractable undercarriage, and outward-canted vertical tail fins. As a UCAV-class system, the Sky Saker is being developed with an ordnance-carrying capability in mind from the outset, the stores to be mounted along underwing hardpoints in the usual way. As it stands, the Sky Saker will support the carrying and launching of air-to-surface missiles as well as precision-guided drop bombs.

The Sky Saker is based on the earlier Wing Loong UAV detailed elsewhere on this site. It is intended for the export market.

Beyond the promoted attack capability will be the now-standard ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) quality consistent with many modern UAVs/UCAVs. This air vehicle will be able to take on this role alongside its attack role making it a true battlefield "hunter-killer".

Due to the early design and development stages of the NORINCO Sky Saker, this article will be updated as new information allows. Our presented performance and dimension numbers are purely estimates.

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Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
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