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Ziyan Blowfish


Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS)


China | 2015



"The Ziyan Blowfish I is marketed with a multi-mission, all-weather capability that is sure to suit many global buyer requirements."



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Ziyan of China has developed a complete family of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that includes the "Blowfish I" entry. Blowfish is marketed as a multi-mission platform capable of conducting a plethora of over-battlefields roles and tasks with a helicopter-type toolset in mind. This means critical resupply of forward-operating forces, reconnaissance of enemy positions and direct targeting of enemy elements at range. Additionally, such a system has inherent disaster relief / humanitarian capabilities suitable for Search-And-Rescue (SAR) and related roles.

The platform operates from low-to-medium altitudes and features a three-bladed main rotor overhead working in conjunction with a three-bladed tail rotor unit seated towards port side to counteract torque generated by the main rotor. The fuselage is deep and squat, tapering towards the top as the main rotor unit sits low over it. The undercarriage is simple and low-cost, being a four-point skid arrangement and capable of landing on rough, uneven terrain. The tail stem is short compared to the overall length of the fuselage and houses the drive shaft for the tail rotor unit while sporting vertical surface control planes.

Blowfish I is marketed with an all-weather operational capability and capable of navigating complex terrain types (such as urban settings and mountainous). An autonomous, "single-click" return function is built into the UAV for simply recovery and relaunch. The payload capacity reaches 18 kilograms and mission kits are fitted under the belly for easy access / replacement. An optics/sensor fit is managed at the nose under a transparent aerodynamic dome covering.

Dimensions include an overall length of 1.8 meters, a width of 1.9 meters (rotor included) and a height of 0.6 meters. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 50 kilograms. The helicopter can manage cruising speeds of 90 kmh (145 kmh max) out to a range equal to 60 minutes of flying time. Operating altitudes reach 5,100 meters.

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September 2018 - It was revealed that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China has taken the Blowfish I UHS into active service.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Ziyan Blowfish Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS).
1 x Engine driving three-bladed main rotor unit and three-bladed tail rotor unit.
Propulsion
90 mph
145 kph | 78 kts
Max Speed
16,732 ft
5,100 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
62 miles
100 km | 54 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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BER
 
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MOS
 
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Ziyan Blowfish Unmanned Helicopter System (UHS).
0
(UNMANNED)
Crew
5.9 ft
1.80 m
O/A Length
6.2 ft
(1.90 m)
O/A Width
2.0 ft
(0.62 m)
O/A Height
26 lb
(12 kg)
Empty Weight
110 lb
(50 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
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Ziyan Blowfish family line.
Blowfish - Base Series Name
Blowfish I
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Ziyan Blowfish. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): Ziyan UAV - China
National flag of China

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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (90mph).

Graph Average of 75 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
100
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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Image of the Ziyan Blowfish
Image from official Ziyan marketing materials.
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Image of the Ziyan Blowfish
Image from official Ziyan marketing materials.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
CLOSE-AIR SUPPORT
SEARCH & RESCUE
RECONNAISSANCE
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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