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China says its new Pterosaur II drone is advanced by world standards

China’s new Pterosaur II UAV system

China’s new Pterosaur II UAV system

The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site:

A model of China’s new Yilong-II (Pterosaur II) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attracts people’s keen attention at Beijing Airshow but few of its functions are known.

Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report on September 18 that in order to know more about China’s new Yilong-II (Pterosaur II) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), its reporter has had an exclusive interview with relevant people of the UAV project.

According to them, the Pterosaur II is a medium-height, long-duration integrated reconnaissance and strike UAV with a wingspan of 20.5 meters, length of 11 meters, maximum takeoff load of 4,200 kg, underwing payload of 480 kg, maximum speed of 370 km/hour, maximum altitude of 9,000 meters and cruise duration of 20 hours.

It is inferior to the US MQ-9 Reaper, which has a maximum altitude of 15,000 meters, payload of 1,700 kg and maximum speed of 482 km/hour, due to China’s lack of a powerful aircraft engine.

However, the report says, it is equipped with quite advanced photoelectric surveillance/aiming device, synthetic aperture radar, radar warning equipment, laser-guided missiles and laser-guided bombs.

In addition, it can carry other weapons and some optional equipment required by users for electronic reconnaissance, radar interference, telecommunication reconnaissance, intelligence collection, reconnaissance photographing, telecommunication relay, search, rescue and data chain.

The report continues that, according to Li Yidong, chief designer of the Pterosaur series UAV, it will take three more years to develop the UAV.

Li says China now lags behind the US by about 10 years in UAV technology.

He says his colleagues and he are making great efforts to develop the Pterosaur II in order to catch up with the US.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Exclusive interview reveals the secret of Pterosaur II, which may be put out in three years and rank in the forefront in the world” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee



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