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The PRC calls for closing the gap between Russia and the USA in the development of UAVs - “slaves”

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In connection with the fact that the United States and Russia announced last week progress in the development of UAVs, “guided”, which can accompany manned fighters in battle, Chinese experts said on Sunday that Beijing should also not lag behind world leaders and focus its efforts on the development of similar machines.


The PRC calls for closing the gap between Russia and the USA in the development of UAVs - “slaves”


Russian Ministry of Defense the other day posted footage, which demonstrated the first flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle C-70 "Hunter". According to a number of statements, it is assumed that an inconspicuous UAV can become the “partner” of the fifth-generation Su-57 multi-functional fighter.

In turn, the U.S. UAV maker Kratos said the United States Air Force could purchase 20 to 40 unmanned XQ-58 Valkyrie platforms by the end of the 2019 year. This was reported by the publication Defense Blog.

The Valkyrie XQ-58 is a model of a strike UAV-wing, which can work in conjunction with manned fighters, including the F-35 and F-15EX. The pilots of these aircraft will be able to expand the capabilities of their aircraft by increasing the coverage area through these UAVs.

It is assumed that UAV-guided aircraft will significantly enhance the capabilities of modern fighters, acting both as advanced reconnaissance and detection vehicles, raising the pilot's awareness of the battlefield, and as a “long arm” when attacking targets.

An expert of the Chinese publication Global Times, on condition of anonymity, notes that the development of such systems, which were previously considered part of the promising sixth generation combat systems, is far ahead of expectations, and has already become a trend.

China has to close the gap


Analysts of the publication note that China has yet to officially present its development of an unmanned aerial vehicle - a wingman. However, a number of Chinese stealth UAVs can serve this purpose and become “guided” of the promising new-generation Chinese fighter J-20.

In particular, Dark Sword, developed by Aviation Industry of China (AVIC), introduced in November 2008, belongs to such unmanned vehicles. Also in 2018, the corporation introduced an unnamed device designed according to the “flying wing” scheme.

In addition, Global Times analysts consider Sky Hawk from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, CH-7 of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, as well as Sharp Sword from the same AVIC as a possible accompaniment for fifth-generation Chinese aircraft.

According to the same anonymous expert of the publication, if a data transmission and control system is developed that will link UAVs and manned vehicles, Beijing will receive a galaxy of unmanned “followers” ​​it needs.
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  1. dgonni
    dgonni 12 August 2019 11: 41
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    The author greatly flatters the Russian aviation industry. Valkyrie is a serial unit ready for centric action. Hunter prototype with foggy perspectives.
    1. NEXUS
      NEXUS 12 August 2019 11: 51
      +8
      Quote: dgonni
      The author greatly flatters the Russian aviation industry. Valkyrie is a serial unit ready for centric action. Hunter prototype with foggy perspectives.

      You do not confuse the respected UAV classes?
      The American company Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, together with specialists from the US Air Force Research Laboratory, conducted the first flight test of a demonstrator of a guided unmanned aerial vehicle XQ-58A Valkyrie.

      Reportedly, a test flight took place at the training ground in Arizona. Its duration was 76 minutes. According to the US Air Force Research Laboratory, 2,5 of the year passed from the moment the device was developed until its first flight.

      In total, as part of the test program, the demonstrator must make five flights, during which experts will check the operation of on-board equipment, aerodynamic characteristics, take-off and landing systems.

      Technical details of the XQ-58A Valkyrie are not disclosed. It is only known that the UAV belongs to the class of transonic vehicles with a “long” flight range, has a length of 9,1 meters and a wingspan of 8,2 meters, and can also fly at altitudes up to 13,7 thousand meters. In addition, it is capable of carrying a combat load of 272 kilograms in the internal weapons bays or on the external sling.

      Firstly, the Valkyrie is also a prototype and there is still time before the series. Secondly, how much is it able to take loads? Less than 300 kg. And the Hunter with a mass (according to some sources) of more than 25 tons, will you also carry 300 kg?
  2. yehat
    yehat 12 August 2019 11: 48
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    Quote: dgonni
    Valkyrie is a serial unit ready for centric action.

    and you do not flatter the Americans? the first flight of the prototype took place on March 5, 2019, only half a year earlier, and you already have it
    serial assembly ready for centric action
    1. Aleksandr21
      Aleksandr21 12 August 2019 12: 11
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      Quote: yehat
      and you do not flatter the Americans? the first flight of the prototype took place on March 5, 2019, only half a year earlier, and you already have it


      In fairness, Americans in electronics and software in UAVs are some of the leaders in this area. And already they are followed by the Chinese who are good at copying and borrowing technology in this area ..... but we are clearly in the role of catching up, given our previous developments in UAVs in comparison with competitors. According to Hunter, only time will tell what he is and whether he will justify the hopes of the Su-57 + Hunter combination, i.e. the information is now at the level of OBS, there is no confirmation on this score.
      1. yehat
        yehat 12 August 2019 12: 18
        +1
        I do not argue that the United States is ahead, but not so far away.
        as for the reasons for their leadership, for example, the choice of the Russian Federation of foreign languages ​​and OS programming, already determines the constant catch-up in software.
        And in an accessible framework, people do almost everything they can to keep up.
        1. Aleksandr21
          Aleksandr21 12 August 2019 12: 43
          +1
          Quote: yehat
          And in an accessible framework, people do almost everything they can to keep up.


          Let's hope that ours will not lag behind :) but regarding my previous post .... I mean that the USA has quite serious successes and achievements in creating UAVs and the same prototype UAVs Valkyrie should not be underestimated, IMHO of course, but it seems that the Americans are very close to integrate Airplane + UAV into one information system, and if they haven’t brought the software to mind yet, they are very close to this ... it’s just not clear how this will be implemented, with the help of an operator who will issue commands or an advanced program with AI elements. And our only wish is success in this matter.
          1. yehat
            yehat 12 August 2019 13: 08
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            while we are seriously lagging behind in only 2 UAV niches - the line of global hacks and tactical drums.
            The USA brought these 2 niches to the level of reliable conventional widespread weapons, carried out no work on errors and modernization, but we have no such success.
  3. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 12 August 2019 12: 34
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    So is it that the SU-57 should have a 2-seater cockpit or the control of the drone will put an additional burden on the pilot?
    1. yehat
      yehat 12 August 2019 13: 12
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      it all depends on the functions of the submarine and its convenience.
      if he acts as a passive flying container, then control of the 2nd pilot may not be necessary. If it is, for example, a scout, then you should think about the 2nd pilot - the operator.
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 12 August 2019 12: 40
    +3
    Technology Race, Arms Race, Race ..., Race !!!
    But when will they start thinking about the world then?
    1. Nasrat
      Nasrat 12 August 2019 13: 08
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      Quote: rocket757

      But when will they start thinking about the world then?

      Immediately, after another war .. not for long, however, they will think about peace, because it will be necessary to prepare for a new war ...
    2. yehat
      yehat 12 August 2019 13: 09
      +1
      closely in the world, there is a struggle for the right to survive.
      a little pig, not enough for everyone.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 12 August 2019 13: 20
        0
        Obvious and quite likely!
  5. evgen1221
    evgen1221 12 August 2019 13: 34
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    What? UAVs driven by us? Where, when in what quantity? (Rhetorical question). I won’t be amazed that our developments in single copies against the background of swarms of Chinese and other tinned ones will remain so.
  6. Mentat
    Mentat 12 August 2019 18: 45
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    Quote: yehat
    while we are seriously lagging behind in only 2 UAV niches - the line of global hacks and tactical drums.
    The USA brought these 2 niches to the level of reliable conventional widespread weapons, carried out no work on errors and modernization, but we have no such success.

    We are not behind in anything. I have repeatedly written here on the website that Russia did not create analogues of the Globalhocks, not because it cannot, but because they are economically failing, even catastrophic. Nobody, except the Americans, even thought about how to invest so much money into such a project, i.e. create a satellite control constellation covering the entire globe, plus control centers. Nobody was going to “catch up” with them.

    The hunter is the next generation, autonomous UAV. We are not behind, but ahead.
  7. Cocaine
    Cocaine 12 August 2019 19: 23
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    UAV for Russia is not the main thing, but the concomitant .. The human factor we still had in the first place and will be hi Electronics is a good thing, of course, but unreliable
    1. Monar
      Monar 13 August 2019 18: 10
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      100 years ago, the same aircraft were good, but unreliable. And 50 - the weight of computers in hundreds of kg was measured.