Weirdly shaped Chinese helicopter drone at LIMA
- April 3, 2019
Chinese helicopter drone Blowfish A2 has attracted the many countries at the 15th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.
The 1.87-meter long, 0.62-meter tall helicopter drone, manufacture by the Zhuhai Ziyan UAV company, has a maximum take-off weight of 38 kilograms and is capable of carrying a 12 kilogram payload.
In its strange belly-less fuselage, the Blowfish A2 can carry radar, jamming devices, guns or bombs under its spine and maximum speed of the helicopter drone is 130 kilometers an hour.
While a helicopter drone could be slower and have less range than a fixed-wing drone, it is more flexible and is capable of hovering, the company said, noting that it is also suitable for deployment on vessels.
The Blowfish A2 made a seven-minute flight demonstration at LIMA, which was held from March 26 to Saturday.
Since the drone is available for export, multiple countries have approached the company about potential purchases.
Combat-ready helicopter drones made by Ziyan now operate in four countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa, the representative said, without naming the clients.
The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is also developing helicopter drones including the missile-carrying AV500.