Jane's: Images Emerge Of New Chinese Twin-fuselage Hale Uav Concept

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  1. shiphone

    shiphone Senior Member Senior Member

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    finally another so called 'secret' UAV project surfaced which was talked about in rumors for years...

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    the Jane's news report...

    http://www.janes.com/article/51759/images-emerge-of-new-chinese-twin-fuselage-hale-uav-concept

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    Images have appeared on a Chinese website of a new large twin-fuselage turbofan-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could serve as a new high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) multi-mission platform.

    Reportedly produced by the 601 Institute of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), the large twin-fuselage UAV concept, called 'Project 973' or 'Shen Diao' ('Divine Eagle'), has been the subject of speculative conceptual drawings since 2012.

    These drawings showed a leading-edge mounted canard-wing configuration, but indicated platform was to perform as a high-altitude near space vehicle conducting surveillance, cuing, and communication missions.

    What may be the first actual images, however, show the UAV employs two bulbous-nosed fuselages while the canard wing is mounted between them but not at the leading edge. A much longer high-aspect ratio wing is mounted aft and an apparent high-bypass turbofan is mounted between two large vertical stabilisers.

    Some early speculative images indicated the UAV would carry a large metre-wave antennae mounted between the fuselages for counter-stealth missions. However, it is also likely that radar arrays and electro-optical systems could be mounted inside the fuselages.

    Chinese sources indicate the 'Divine Eagle' was at least influenced from SAC discussions with the Sukhoi Aircraft Corporation, perhaps early in the last decade. In the late 1990s Sukhoi stared developing a concept for a similar large canard twin-fuselage HALE UAV called the S-62.

    However, Sukhoi did not have the resources to develop its concept. It is also possible that SAC gained significant insights while opting not to pay for a co-development programme; a frequent Chinese tactic.

    Sukhoi's S-62 concept also led to its Zond series of large and medium-size UAVs first seen at the 2003 Moscow Airshow. At the time Sukhoi officials noted that China had expressed "great interest" in the Zond designs.

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    A graphic from a Chinese publication showing the employment concept for a large UAV similar to the Shenyang 'Divine Eagle' concept. (Via Top81 website)

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    A speculative line drawing of the 'Divine Eagle' UAV. (Via CJDBY website)

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    A speculative line drawing of the 'Divine Eagle' UAV. (Via CJDBY website)
     
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  3. shiphone

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    a much clearer image released...

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    and a very interesting CG about this project from an interesting source as well...

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