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Chengdu Wing Loong II successfully engages five targets in one sortie
February 22, 2018

Chengdu Wing Loong II successfully engages five targets in one sortie

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced that the Chengdu Wing Loong II armed drone successfully engaged five different targets in succession in a single sortie, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported on December 31.

Citing AVIC, Xinhua stated that the Wing Loong II “achieved a hit rate of 100 percent” against “five targets in succession with five different types of missiles in a single sortie.”

Designed by the Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute (CADI) and marketed by AVIC, the Wing Loong II is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Wing Loong II is an improved variant of the original Wing Loong, which first flew in 2007.

According to Xinhua, Chengdu had put the Wing Loong II through different tests, including live firing tests against fixed and moving targets as well as in time-sensitive targeting scenarios. Citing CADI, Xinhua claims that the Wing Loong II is the first Chinese UAV platform wherein one station can operate two vehicles.

Lauding the Wing Loong II, CADI’s president, Ji Xiaoguang was quoted stating that the Wing Loong-series “has realized operation normalization, been used in actual combat, and made remarkable achievements.”

AVIC formally revealed the Wing Loong II in November 2016. Chengdu conducted the UAV’s maiden test flight in February 2017. The Wing Loong II has a payload of 400 kg available for air-to-surface munitions and/or intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, such as electro-optical and infrared turrets. It has an endurance of 32 hours, top speed of 370 km/h and service ceiling of nearly 30,000 ft.

The Wing Loong II among several Chinese MALE UAV designs available on the market, with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) CH-4B being its main competitor. Xinhua reports that the Wing Loong II achieved the “largest order of Chinese advanced large-scale UAVs in the overseas market” prior to its maiden test flight. Neither AVIC or CADI revealed the customer.

Prospective Wing Loong II customers can include existing Wing Loong users, such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Kazakhstan. In September 2016, Arab News reported that Saudi Arabia signed a deal with China for the Wing Loong. In June 2016, Pakistan had conducted an “experimental flight” of an unspecified UAV that bore a strong resemblance to the Wing Loong.

 

  • sami shahid

    Haha better buy wing Loong 2 and deploy it on Afghanistan border and take down TTP unilaterally

  • CH-5 is a large MALE UAV design, costlier and much more capable. Different category.

  • Joseph

    Burraq is very similar to CH-3 (or is a Pakistan variant of CH-3).

    CH-4B or Wing Loong II would be considered as significant upgrade. More than triple both the endurance and weapon payload.

    Of course if Pakistan goes with CH-5, it will have 60 hours of endurance compare to 12 hours of CH-3, 1000kg of payload compare to 60 ~ 80kg of CH-3.

    Other than cost I think endurance is where UAV really shines. Modern jet fighters usually have only 3 ~ 6 hours of endurance, and unlike pilots UAV operators can take shifts and have some beverage or go to bathroom during the same sortie.

  • That’s Wing Loong II.

    • U

      Oh, I see, its Big and Bad. This means CH-5 would be a monster.

      Lets see which one Pakistan goes for. I think that Pakistan may just go for a custom variant of one of these Chinese MALE UAVs under the project AZAM instead of a new indigenous design.

  • U
    • Joseph

      This time the link works, but the information contradicts majority of sources.

      Here is another source quoting the chief designer of the CH series: http://www.janes.com/article/72350/china-ready-to-mass-produce-strike-capable-ch-5-uav-says-report

      It also states the endurance is 60 hours.

      Then again that is the thing about China’s defense technologies, it is very hard to be sure about the details. Anyway, I usually go with the majority opinions, but they could very well be wrong too.

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