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AAD 2018: China’s Blowfish I VTOL UAV enters service with PLAN

21 September 2018

Officials from Chinese company Ziyan revealed at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition in South Africa on 19–23 September that the Blowfish I vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Chinese officials have revealed that the Ziyan Blowfish I VTOL UAV – shown here at AAD 2018 – has entered service with the Chinese navy. (Richard D Fisher Jr)Chinese officials have revealed that the Ziyan Blowfish I VTOL UAV – shown here at AAD 2018 – has entered service with the Chinese navy. (Richard D Fisher Jr)

The Zhuhai-based UAV manufacturer, who did not provide any details about the number of Blowfish currently in service with the PLAN, showcased a model of the electric-powered 1.75 m-long platform at the show carrying three missile-like projectiles.

According to Ziyan, the Blowfish I has a maximum take-off weight of between 28 and 50 kg and an endurance of between 45 to 60 minutes. The UAV can reach an altitude of 5,100 m and carry a payload of between 7 and 12 kg, excluding its electro-optical system. Officials at the show told Jane’s that the UAV can also be equipped with anti-personnel grenades and be modified to deploy small sonobuoys upon customer request.

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