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At the Chinese Research Institute: American XQ-58 Valkyrie drone is useless for aerial combat

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China conducted a detailed analysis of the XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aerial vehicle. There they considered that he had many shortcomings.


It is reported by the South China Morning Post from Hong Kong.

The UAV study was carried out at the Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute (China). They came to the conclusion that the American XQ-58A Valkyrie drone is useless for air combat, since it does not have the necessary maneuverability for this.

Chinese researchers have suggested that the drone will be used in operations with a high degree of risk and a high probability that it will not return from the mission. That is, it is somewhat "one-off" weapon... Therefore, its cost is relatively low compared to modern fighters and amounts to about two million dollars.


Chinese experts emphasized that the drone in its current form is not suitable for air combat. Perhaps this is not required of him, although it is possible that the Americans will try to improve his characteristics. But, as experts note, the developers are primarily trying to increase the payload and the size of the vehicle's fuel tanks. This means that agility is not a priority for them.


In their research, the Chinese used publicly available information about the drone and used computer programs called reverse engineering. The researchers claim that they do not intend to copy the UAV, but only analyzed its combat capabilities.
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  1. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 21 September 2021 16: 57
    +2
    Funny) In their conclusions, they described those tasks for which this UAV was created. Cheap, limited reusable, for work in an area with a high risk of being knocked down.
    1. Finches
      Finches 21 September 2021 17: 00
      +8
      Researchers claim that do not intend to copy the UAV, but only analyzed its combat capabilities., here they really made fun! laughing
      1. poquello
        poquello 21 September 2021 19: 52
        +1
        Quote: Finches
        Researchers claim that do not intend to copy the UAV, but only analyzed its combat capabilities., here they really made fun! laughing

        1. Abbot
          Abbot 21 September 2021 23: 08
          -1
          The UAV study was carried out at the Shenyang Aircraft Design and Research Institute (China). They came to the conclusion that the American XQ-58A Valkyrie drone is useless for air combat, since it does not have the necessary maneuverability for this.

          Where did you come to the conclusion? I dare to doubt the conclusions of this institution. Until now, this homunculus of the womb of the Soviet military-industrial complex, British financial circles and the Chinese three-row copy-paste on bunkers did not shine in the field of aircraft construction, especially combat. What gave rise to the analytical ability to evaluate the aviation developments of advanced countries in this area? And in general, news sources such as the South China Morning Post or, say, Turkish online publications are the bottom, IMHO.
    2. lucul
      lucul 21 September 2021 17: 11
      -6
      Cheap,

      Aha ahah
      is about two million dollars.

      Will launch "one-off" $ 2 million
      Aha-ahah)))
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 22 September 2021 09: 20
        -1
        This is not funny, but the fact that they will draw these 2 million dollars.
    3. knn54
      knn54 21 September 2021 17: 30
      +1
      Confused by the total weight of the weapons-272 kg Small bombs Either one AIM-120 missile (weight 160 kg) Or two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for the NEAR battle.
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 21 September 2021 17: 51
        0
        Quote: knn54
        Confused by the total weight of weapons-272 kg

        Total 548 kg, 272 kg of internal compartments and the same amount under the wings. Judging by the rounding, everything is conditionally indicated.
        Dry weight ~ 1130 kg, maximum ~ 2720 kg. Here are 1,6 tons for weapons and fuel.
      2. Intruder
        Intruder 21 September 2021 20: 07
        0
        272 kg
        Think this is not enough:
        - AGM-65A and B - 210 kg.;
        - AS 12/20 - 76 and 143 kg.;
        - AGM-122A - 91 kg.;
        - AS-15TT - 96 kg.;
        - BGM-71A and B, C - 19 kg.;
        - HOT I / II - 23,5 kg.;
        and this, only the old stuff of the vulgar age ... lol
    4. Intruder
      Intruder 21 September 2021 20: 00
      0
      In addition, it is clearly a shock version, so at least it was designed in the first stages, and then there was a desire, although it is more likely nonsense of Western journalists and not only, to use it in air combat ..., but it can also use the MD SAM, not only against manned vehicles, there and with UAVs it is possible and necessary to confidently fight at an average distance of air combat !?
  2. APASUS
    APASUS 21 September 2021 16: 59
    +4
    The Americans have never aspired to aerial combat, especially at close range. All their aerial combat technology, sharpened to launch missiles from behind the "hillock" and XQ-58A Valkyrie aerial combat is not needed. It's just a truck, with missiles and bombs.
    1. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 21 September 2021 17: 35
      +1
      Quote: APASUS
      The Americans have never sought aerial combat, especially at close range.

      That's it ! Not for that they rivet all kinds of rockets in order to bomb with simple bombs and then get involved in "dog dumps".
    2. Mitroha
      Mitroha 21 September 2021 17: 53
      +1
      Quote: APASUS
      The Americans have never aspired to aerial combat, especially at close range. All their aerial combat technology, sharpened to launch missiles from behind the "hillock" and XQ-58A Valkyrie aerial combat is not needed. It's just a truck, with missiles and bombs.

      Confused by the total weight of the weapons-272 kg Small bombs Either one AIM-120 missile (weight 160 kg) Or two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for the NEAR battle.

      Now I'm confused by the word you used is truck
    3. dauria
      dauria 21 September 2021 18: 49
      +3
      .All their technology of air combat, sharpened for launching missiles from behind the "hillock

      Don't make fools of them. They attach no less importance to tactics, but much more than to the aircraft. So are the Israelis. There is a lot to learn.
      There are always F-15s in the group with medium "Sparrow." And F-16s with sidewinder. The construction depends on the task. When catching a MiG-23 in Syria, the F-16 went lower and in front. The F-15 is above and behind just within the legal launch range. The MiG on approach could not continue to attack the F-15, as it came under attack from nearby missiles from the F-16. If he was late with a U-turn and a drape, he was hit by a Sparrow with an F-15.
      Actually, their bet on all-aspect ratio and a wider range of allowed launches for short-range missiles, and not on super-duper maneuverability, works. In aerial battles, the Harriers' under-planes completely ruined the Argentine Mirages. Both have sidewinder rockets. Only the British were newer.
  3. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 21 September 2021 20: 55
    +3
    Valkyrie is planned as a drummer.
    A rocket striker that flies at transonic speed as part of a swarm
    and is controlled from the F-35.
    Launches missiles / glide bombs at ground targets. Further,
    either returns autonomously to the base, or is sent by the leader
    like a kamikaze for the remaining target.
  4. kalaitsidis.christoforos
    kalaitsidis.christoforos 21 September 2021 21: 32
    -1
    The Chinese have correctly noticed.
  5. Abbot
    Abbot 21 September 2021 23: 16
    +1
    Quote: APASUS
    Americans have never sought aerial combat, especially at close range.

    Excuse me, but who is striving? In the absence of a "long arm" like it or not, you will break through short distances.
  6. riwas
    riwas 22 September 2021 07: 15
    +1
    Chinese experts emphasized that the drone in its current form is not suitable for air combat.

    The XQ-58A Valkyrie can act as a "long arm" for firing at enemy aircraft without putting manned aircraft at risk.