China's Tengden unveils three-engined TB001 UAV variant, highlights recent weapons integration work

China’s Sichuan Tengden Technology Company (Tengden) has completed initial testing of a three-engined variant of its medium altitude long endurance (MALE)-class TW328/TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), culminating in what the company claims to be a successful maiden flight on 16 January.

According to an industry source, the prototype air vehicle performed an automatic take-off from a civilian airport in southwestern China – understood to be Zigong Fengming General Airport in Sichuan province – at 11 am local time, flying a pre-programmed route that lasted 25 minutes before landing and taxiing autonomously to the airport apron for inspection.

Sichuan Tengden aims to complete development of its three-engined UAV by 2021.Screen capture of Sichuan Tengden’s three-engined UAV prototype, which is derived from its existing TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ platform. The image clearly shows the newly added third engine integrated to the rear of its fuselage pod.

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China’s Sichuan Tengden Technology Company (Tengden) has completed initial testing of a three-engine...

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