14 Oktober 2009
Chinese BZK-500 UAV (photo : cnair)
A rare view of BZK-005 UAV in service with PLA Department of Chief Staff is shown here. BZK-005 was developed by BUAA and HAIG in 2002 as a medium/high altitude long range reconnaissance UAV for strategic missions. It was unveiled briefly in an AVIC promotional video at the 2006 Zhuhai International Airshow.
The UAV features a stealth optimized fuselage, a three propeller pusher engine, and twin tail booms with V-shaped tailfins. A SATCOM antenna is thought to be installed inside the nose bulge, which provides live data transmission over thousands of kilometers. A small turret is installed underneath the nose housing the FLIR/CCD cameras. Those can be used for photo reconnaissance if needed.
BZK-500 in service with PLA (photo : Cjdby)
The UAV also features a large wingspan and a fuel efficient piston engine, and is constructed using a large amount of composite materials. These help to increase its range and cruising altitude, while reduce its RCS.
Some specifications: cruising speed 150-180km/hr, service ceiling 8,000m, endurance 40hr, max TO weight <1,250kg,>150kg, TO distance <600m,>