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General-use UAV, developed in Zhuhai, nails first flight


Updated: 2021-07-22

China's large general-purpose unmanned aerial vehicle, a biplane researched and developed at Aviation Industry Park in Sanzao Town, reportedly performed well July 20 on a maiden flight in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The Y5U craft lifted off at 8:02 am from Moqi General Aviation Airport in Daur Autonomous Banner of Morin Dawa. Stable untroubled operation and well-functioning equipment was logged during the trial.


Maiden flight [Photo provided by CAIGA to Guanhai App]

Zhuhai-based Aviation Industry Tongfei, a subsidiary established in 2009 by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) is developing the aircraft. Also known as AVIC General Aircraft, Tongfei is the largest domestic diversified company focusing on general aircraft R&D, manufacture, and operation services.

R&D of the UAV was conducted at the aviation park in Jinwan District, while assembly was completed at CAIGA facilities in Shijiazhuang of Hebei Province. It is designed as a reliable, cost-efficient multi-purpose UAV with excellent low altitude and speed performance, high payload, large cabin space, and low maintenance costs.

The UAV is equipped with an advanced photoelectric turret and systems for fly-by-wire flight control, information transmission, ground command and control, and "intelligent" air drop and delivery. It is capable of short takeoffs and landings on soil and grassland runways and at crude airports. The Y5U will also have broad civil and military applications including supply and express delivery and disaster monitoring and rescue functions.

CAIGA plans to accelerate R&D of the aircraft so that it can be delivered to customers soon and contribute to development of China's general aviation industry.



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