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China’s all-composite Wing Loong I-D MALE UAV prototype completes maiden flight

24 December 2018
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China's first all-composite armed reconnaissance medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Wing Loong I-D, has successfully completed its maiden flight, aerospace and defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on 23 December.

According to the company, the Wing Loong I-D - which is developed by its Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute (CADI) subsidiary, also known as the 611 Research and Design Institute - was launched from an undisclosed airport in western China at 1632 h local time and landed 30 minutes later.

The prototype Wing Loong I-D armed reconnaissance UAV made its public debut at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)The prototype Wing Loong I-D armed reconnaissance UAV made its public debut at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

The prototype air vehicle's inaugural test flight follows its public debut at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition in Zhuhai, following systems integration work and ground testing after the 330 kg carbon fibre composite airframe - measuring 8.7 m long and 3.2 m tall, with a wingspan of 17.6 m - was handed over by contractor Sichuan Xinwanxing Carbon Fiber Composite in late August after fabrication at its primary production facility in Jiajiang county in the Sichuan province.





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