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Harbin BZK-005

Reconnaissance / Attack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

China | 2007

"The BZK-005 is a Chinese-originated drone utilizing a twin-boom configuration - it is in active service with the PLA."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Harbin BZK-005 Reconnaissance / Attack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
1 x Conventional gas-fueled engine driving multi-bladed propeller unit at the rear of the fuselage in pusher arrangement.
112 mph
180 kph | 97 kts
Max Speed
26,247 ft
8,000 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
2,175 miles
3,500 km | 1,890 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Harbin BZK-005 Reconnaissance / Attack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
29.5 ft
9.00 m
O/A Length
62.3 ft
(19.00 m)
O/A Width
2,205 lb
(1,000 kg)
Empty Weight
2,646 lb
(1,200 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Harbin BZK-005 Reconnaissance / Attack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) .
Typically none for ISR role; BZK-005C incorporates an ordnance-carrying capability for drop bombs and laser-guided bombs.
Notable series variants as part of the Harbin BZK-005 family line.
BZK-005 - Base reconnaissance model.
BZK-005C - Armed variant.
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The BZK-005 is classified as a Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) developed by Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics with manufacturing handled by the Harbin Aircraft Industry concern. At its core, the aircraft is intended for the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) over-battlefield role with only later models supporting an integrated attack function. The type is in service with the Chinese Army (PLA), Air Force (PLAAF) and Navy (PLAN) branches of service with over 100 units produced to date (2022).

The aircraft utilizes a twin-boom design with a centralized fuselage sporting a blended wing-body design. The fuselage has a rounded nose with streamlined styling. The mainplanes are slightly swept backwards and are long-spanning appendages with clipped tips. The booms originate at the rear of the trailing edges of the mainplanes near the wing roots. The booms terminate at a shared horizontal plane at rear with each boom capped by a vertical tail fin. The powerplant is buried within the rear of the fuselage with the engine driving a multi-bladed propeller unit arranged in "pusher" fashion. The optics set (Electro-Optical / Infra-Red = EO/IR) is held in a traversing blister at the "chin" position. A wheeled, retractable undercarriage is used for ground-running of the vehicle. The drone is rated for a payload capacity of 330lb.

Performance-wise, the aircraft reaches speeds of 105 miles-per-hour reaching a service ceiling of about 26,245 feet. Its Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is estimated to be around 2,645lb. The aircraft can stay aloft for some 40 hours of continuous real-time camera coverage.

Dimensions include an overall length of 29.5 feet and a wingspan of 62.3 feet.

The BZK-005 variant denotes the unarmed reconnaissance-minded product of 2006 while the BZK-005C is an attack-centered derivative revealed in late-2018. The reconnaissance mark has been actively used by China to patrol the reaches of the East and South China Seas - proving a maritime / over-water capability.

The BZK-005 joins a growing stable of Chinese-originated drones beginning to permeate the global market in direct competition with more expensive, though more technologically-advanced, Western types.

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Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Harbin BZK-005. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 105 Units

Contractor(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics / Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Company Limited - China
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