Air Platforms

AVIC’s AV500W VTOL UAV takes part in PLA exercise

24 September 2018

Designed for ground support missions the AV500W, seen here at the Airshow China 2016 exhibition in Zhuhai, recently took part in a combat exercise with the PLA. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC’s) AV500W vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been used in a military exercise with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to a 21 September report by the PLA-sponsored China Military Online website.

Citing AVIC’s official WeChat account, the report pointed out that the strike-capable, reconnaissance UAV performed well in the “combat exercise”, during which it “simulated conducting defence-penetration operations at mid- and low altitudes”.

“The results showed that the air-defence penetration combat capability of the AV500[W] lived up to expectations,” it added.

The announcement comes after the state-owned China Daily newspaper quoted the Jiangxi Provincial Office of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense as saying in November 2017 that the AV500W had conducted firing tests in Qinghai at an altitude of 4,300 m above sea level.

The paper also reported at the time that the platform had climbed to an altitude of 5,006 m during tests carried out on 31 October 2017: the maximum altitude achieved by a Chinese-made VTOL UAV.

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