Designed by Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) for the needs of China, the unmanned helicopter recently launched its first flight.
Developed by AVIC, AR500C made its first flight at the unmanned aerial vehicle test site on May 20, 2020. AR500C stayed in the air for a total of 20 minutes. In the statement made by AVIC, it was explained that several maneuvers were performed and satisfactory data were obtained.
In the statement made by the company, it was announced that it was developed over the AR500B, the predecessor of the AR500C platform, taking into account the plateau conditions. It was also stated that the duties of the platform are discovery and signal relay support within the scope of intelligence support operations.
Institute technology director Fang Yonghong said the maximum take-off weight of the AR500C is 500 kilograms. Yonghong added that the maximum altitude of the AR500C is 6.700 meters and a maximum speed of 170 kilometers per hour. The AR500C has five hours of airborne during operation. The platform can perform autonomous take-off / landing.
These platforms can carry additional equipment to perform a variety of tasks, such as electronic mixing, air search, fire fighting, marine surveillance, and monitoring of nuclear or chemical leaks. In addition, it can cooperate with manned aircraft or independently carry out the tasks of locking and attacking the target, taking part in transport activities.
AVIC started research and development on the AR500C last year with designers focusing on engines, rotors, aerodynamic modifications and composite materials. The first platform was brought together in March. The platform started to take ground tests before the flight test.
AVIC has developed several types of unmanned helicopters, but they were not specifically designed for plateau deployment.