Saturday, December 3, 2022

New China hand-launched unmanned aerial vehicle looks familiar to an RQ-11 Raven

The Chinese company is to showcase its new small hand-launched remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle, that reported by

The new Chinese drone also bears a striking resemblance to the American RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle developed for the United States military and adopted by the military forces of many other countries.

The two aircraft appear identical and have the same dimensions and destination.


The RQ-11 Raven was originally introduced as the FQM-151 in 1999, but in 2002 developed into its current form, resembling an enlarged FAI class F1C free flight model aircraft in general appearance. The craft is launched by hand and powered by a pusher configuration electric motor. The plane can fly up to 6.2 miles (10.0 km) at altitudes of appx 500 feet (150 m) above ground level (AGL), and over 15,000 feet (4,600 m) above mean sea level (MSL), at flying speeds of 28–60 mph (45–97 km/h).

Characteristics of Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle to kept secret.

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