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Gongji-11 (GJ-11)


Stealth Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) (2019)


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The Gongji-11 is the latest UCAV to enter the Chinese military inventory - boasting stealth features and an advanced overall design.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/27/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Chinese military commitment to unmanned "drone" aircraft is such that a vast local investment has made possible a slew of modern, over-battlefield offerings ranging from small and portable to large and wholly autonomous. This includes the new "Gongji-11" (also "GJ-11") Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) debuted at the October 1st, 2019, National Day parade in China. The air vehicle attempts to significantly broaden Chinese unmanned capabilities and appears largely influenced by Western designs - namely the American Northrop Grumman X-47B technology demonstrator - in shape and overall size.

While little is concretely known of the GJ-11's capabilities, it is assumed that the air vehicle shares some qualities with its global counterparts of same size and role. It is intended as an attack aircraft so an internal weapons bay is included as part of the aircraft's makeup. Another notable trait is the design's inherent stealth characteristics, namely its low profile and shrouded exhaust port. In this manner, the aircraft is expected to "sneak" into enemy airspaces and attack targets of strategic value undetected.

The aircraft sports an appearance not unlike the X-47B, being of an all-wing planform (no tail fins are featured whatsoever) with the single internal, air-breathing turbofan engine aspirated by a dorsally-mounted intake just aft and above the nose. The engine exhausts through a low-profile port at the rear of the fuselage also seated dorsally. The wings are well-blended into the fuselage, promoting a smooth overall contour. The overall shape of the aircraft is that of an arrowhead, maximizing aerodynamic and fuel efficiency for useful operational ranges. A retractable tricycle landing gear arrangement is featured for general ground-running exercises. An autonomous capability for this new UCAV is assumed.

Despite all the potential that has been associated with the GJ-11 design, it remains a very new and largely unproven addition to the Chinese UCAV lineup. As such, only time will tell if the system lives up to its lofty billing.

Some specifications presented on this page are estimates.

Specifications



Service Year
2019

Origin
China national flag graphic
China

Status
ACTIVE
In Limited Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
12
UNITS


State Factories - China
National flag of China China
(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
38.2 ft
(11.65 m)
Width/Span
203.4 ft
(62.00 m)
Height
10.2 ft
(3.10 m)
Empty Wgt
13,999 lb
(6,350 kg)
MTOW
44,566 lb
(20,215 kg)
Wgt Diff
+30,567 lb
(+13,865 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Gongji-11 (GJ-11) production variant)
Installed: 1 x Turbofan engine of unknown make, model, and thrust output.
Max Speed
621 mph
(1,000 kph | 540 kts)
Ceiling
41,010 ft
(12,500 m | 8 mi)
Range
2,485 mi
(4,000 km | 7,408 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 Gongji-11 (GJ-11) production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
Internal weapons housing laser-guided bombs, conventional bombs, or air-to-surface missiles (assumed).


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft air-to-surface missile
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition
Graphical image of an aircraft guided bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Gongji-11 (GJ-11) - Base Series Designation.


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