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Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

China | 2013

"The NORINCO ZBKJ-1 is a conventionally-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle designed for low-to-medium ISR sorties."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NORINCO ZBKJ-1 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
1 x Conventional engine unit set at the rear of the fuselage in pusher arrangement driving two-bladed propeller unit.
115 mph
185 kph | 100 kts
Max Speed
19,685 ft
6,000 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
621 miles
1,000 km | 540 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the NORINCO ZBKJ-1 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the NORINCO ZBKJ-1 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) .
None. Mission equipment fitted for Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role.
Notable series variants as part of the NORINCO ZBKJ-1 family line.
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The ZBKJ-1 is designed for low-to-medium altitude work, utilizing its optics and sensors arrangement to detail the battlefield below. The aircraft system was debuted in 2013 at the Xi'an International General Aviation Exhibition. Development of the produce was headed by Xi'an Zhongbing Space Technology Company, Ltd.

The system relies on a twin-boom design with rear-set engine placement driving a two-bladed propeller unit in pusher fashion. The mainplanes are fitted over the fuselage and are straight in their general shape. A fixed, wheeled tricycle undercarriage rounds out the physical features of the aircraft. A traversable optics set is mounted at the "chin" position of the aircraft at the front of the fuselage. Overall construction is of lightweight-yet-strong composites.

Released performance specifications of this UAS include a cruising speed of 100 miles-per-hour, a service ceiling of 20,000 feet, and a mission endurance window of eight hours before being recalled. The internal payload capacity is rated at 175 lb.

The air vehicle is launched either through catapult system or under its own power via runway / airfield surface. It is recoverable by way of parachute to retard its fall or by the same runaway / airfield arrangement used to take-off. Ground control operation is up to 136 miles and this can be extended to 250 miles with a communications relay system in place.

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Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) / Xi'an Zhongbing Space Technology Company, Ltd - China
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Image from China state media release.

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