NRIST S-series UAV

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S-series UAVs
Role UAV
National origin China
Manufacturer NRIST
Designer NRIST
Status In service
Primary user China

NRIST S-series UAVs are Chinese UAVs developed by Nanjing Research Institute of Simulation Technology (南京模拟技术研究所) (NRIST), also known as the 60th Research Institute of People's Liberation Army General Staff Department (总参六十所), an ISO 9001 certified research/production facility headquartered in Nanjing. Some of the S-series UAV were originally designated as II-series UAV. The designation of S-series consists of letter S (possibly for Speed), followed by a number, which is the speed of the UAV, in meters per second.


S-45 is a fixed wing drone developed by NRIST as a replacement of Type I Drone, the first drone/UAV indigenously developed in China. Like its predecessor Type I Drone, S-45 is also powered by a propeller driven tractor engine mounted in the nose. S-45 has tricycle landing gear and thus can be recovered by either parachute or taxiing. S-45 is mainly intended to train small caliber antiaircraft artillery crew, and it can simulate combat manuevors of combat aircraft. Specification:[1]

  • Length (m):
  • Wingspan (m):
  • Take-off weight (kg): 15
  • Speed (m/s): 45
  • Ceiling (km): 1
  • Endurance (h): 1
  • Launch: catapult
  • Recovery: Taxiing or parachute


S-90 drone is a drone developed by NRIST for deployment in high altitude regions.[2] S-90 drone is in a layout that resembles many modern jet fighters and can simulate complex manevoures of jet fighters to train the crew of antiaircraft weaponry.[1]


S-400 UAV is a supersonic UAV developed by NRIST, and it has made its first public debut in July 2014 at the 5th UAV Exhibition held in Beijing. At the time of its public debut, S-400 is still under the final stage of development. S-400 does not look like a typical UAV, but instead, it looks like a missile, and in particular, an air-to-air missile. S-400 is powered by two stage solid rocket motors consisting a cylindrical fuselage and there are a total of three sets of control surfaces, each set has a two pairs in cruciform. The smallest sized set is near the nose while the remaining two larger sized sets are mounted on the empennage, and the midsection respectively.[3] Specification:[4]

  • Speed (m/s): 400
  • Range (km): > 20
  • Payload (kg): 10
  • Remote control range (km): 50
  • Weight (kg): 150

See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "S-series UAVs". Retrieved Jun 11, 2002.
  2. ^ S-90
  3. ^ S-400 UAV
  4. ^ S-400