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NORINCO Sky Saker


Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) (2019)


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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/15/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
2019

Origin
China national flag graphic
China

Status
IN-DEVELOPMENT
Program in Progress.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
1
UNITS


China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
National flag of China National flag of Pakistan China (possible); Pakistan (possible)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


Length
36.1 ft
(11.00 m)
Width/Span
65.6 ft
(20.00 m)
Height
12.5 ft
(3.80 m)
Empty Wgt
4,409 lb
(2,000 kg)
MTOW
9,259 lb
(4,200 kg)
Wgt Diff
+4,850 lb
(+2,200 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base NORINCO Sky Saker production variant)
Installed: 1 x Conventional turboprop engine driving three-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" configuration at rear of fuselage.
Max Speed
295 mph
(475 kph | 256 kts)
Ceiling
45,932 ft
(14,000 m | 9 mi)
Range
1,019 mi
(1,640 km | 3,037 nm)


♦ 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


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base NORINCO Sky Saker production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
PROPOSED:
4 x Air-to-Surface Missile carried externally under the wings.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft air-to-surface missile


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 4


Sky Saker - Base Series Deisgnation


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