HLKX UAV

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HLKX UAVs are Chinese UAVs developed by Guilin Hanglong (meaning Aviation Dragon) Kexun (meaning Scientific Message) Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. (HLKX, 桂林航龙科讯电子技术有限公司), some of which have entered service with Chinese military, paramilitary, law enforcement and governmental agencies.

Sky Eye 1[edit]

Sky Eye 1 (Tian-Yan 1 or Tianyan 1, 天眼1) is a gasoline-powered, fixed-wing UAV of twin-boom layout with high-wing configuration and tricycle land gear system. Propulsion is provided by a two-blade propeller driven by a pusher engine mounted at the rear end of the fuselage. HLKX Sky Eye 1 share the same airframe as another two Chinese UAVs, the Long Technology Triumph Sky Hawk 1 and Keyuan Type II, so the three UAVs thus almost identical with only slight dimensional difference. The main difference between the three UAVs is in their respectively flight control systems, which are separately developed by their respective developers and hence totally difference from one another. Specification:[1]

  • Wingspan (m): 4.05
  • Length (m): 2.8
  • Height (m): 0.9
  • Empty weight (kg): 20
  • Max take-off weight (kg): 60
  • Fuel (L): 14
  • Power plant: 150 cc gasoline engine

Simulation Training Drone[edit]

Simulation Training Drone is a jet-powered micro air vehicle (MAV) developed by HLKX that can be either used as an MAV or a drone, and its full name is Simulation Navigation Training Round (Mo-Ni Dao-Hang Xun-Lian Dan, 模拟导航训练弹). The MAV has a layout identical to that of AGM-86B Air launched cruise missile, but unlike AGM-86B, this Chinese MAV has a cylindrical fuselage instead. Other difference between the two designs besides the obviouse size difference is that instead of the folding swept wing of AGM-86, this Chinese UAV has a pair of fixed trapezoidal wing. The inlet above atop of the fuselage has a different shape than that of AGM-86, which it is designed to simulate as one of its applications. Specification:[2]

  • Wingspan (m): 1.2
  • Length (m): 1.82
  • Empty weight (kg): 3.3
  • Max take-off weight (kg): 4.6
  • Normal radius (km): 15
  • Endurance (min): 15
  • Max speed (km/hr): 120
  • Cruise speed (km/hr): 60
  • Ceiling (km): 3
  • Max wing scale allowed for operation: 4

Super Anotogaster sieboldii[edit]

Super Anotogaster sieboldii (Chao-Ji Da-Qing-Ting or Chaojidaqingting, 超级大蜻蜓) is a methanol fuel powered Chinese miniature UAV in conventional layout with high wing configuration and T-tail. Propulsion is provided by a two-blade propeller driven by an engine mounted on the wing atop of the fuselage. Navigation is provided by GPS. Specification:[3]

  • Wingspan (m): 2.76
  • Length (m): 2
  • Empty weight (kg): 9.3
  • Max take-off weight (kg): 11.6
  • Endurance (hr): 1.5
  • Normal radius (km): 100
  • Max speed (km/hr): 120
  • Cruise speed (km/hr): 60 – 80
  • Ceiling (km): 3
  • Max wing scale allowed for operation: 5

Thousand Mile Eagle 1[edit]

Thousand Mile Eagle 1 (Qian-Li-Ying Yi-Hao or Qianliying 1, 千里鹰1号) is a fixed wing Chinese miniature UAV developed by HLKX for various missions. Externally, Clarivoyance I resembles a scaled-down version of Jetcruzer 450, and thus shares the identical layout. The only difference is that the landing gear of Clairvoyance I is fixed as opposed to the retractable one on Jetcruzer 450, and propulsion of Clairvoyance I is provided by a two-blade propeller driven by a pusher engine mounted at the empennage, as opposed to the five-blade propeller on Jetcruzer 450. Specification:[4]

  • Power plant: methanol fuel engine
  • Navigation: GPS
  • Wingspan (m): 2.6
  • Length (m): 2
  • Empty weight (kg): 9.3
  • Max take-off weight (kg): 11.6
  • Max speed (km/hr): 120
  • Cruise speed (km/hr): 60 – 80
  • Endurance (hr): 1.5
  • Range (km): 100
  • Ceiling (km): 3
  • Max wind scale allowed for operation: 5

Transporter[edit]

Transporter (Ban-Yun-Gong or Banyungong, 搬运工) is a gasoline-powered, fixed-wing UAV of conventional layout with high-wing configuration and tricycle land gear system. Propulsion is provided by a two-blade propeller driven by a tractor engine mounted in the nose. HLKX Transporter share the same airframe as another Chinese UAV, the Long Technology Triumph Transporter and the two UAVs thus almost identical with only slight dimensional difference. The main difference between the two UAVs is in their respectively flight control systems, which are separately developed by their respective developers and hence totally difference from each other. Specification:[5]

  • Wingspan (m): 3.36
  • Length (m): 2.15
  • Weight (kg): 23
  • Payload (kg): 4
  • Normal radius (km): 100
  • Normal operating altitude (km): 0.5 – 1
  • Endurance (hr): 3
  • Max speed (km/hr): 150
  • Cruise speed (km/hr): 100
  • Ceiling (km): 4.5
  • Max wing scale allowed for operation: 6

See also[edit]

List of unmanned aerial vehicles of the People's Republic of China

References[edit]