Harwar's Zhanfu H16-V12 UAV possibly in service with Chinese military

by Gabriel Dominguez

Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multi-rotor, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), suggesting that the UAV is either being trialled by or is already in service with the PLA.

An image showing Harwar’s Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 UAV hovering over a PLA Ground Force ZBD-09 wheeled self-propelled gun at an undisclosed location: an indication that the UAV is either being trialled by or already in service with the PLA. (Harwar)

An image showing Harwar’s Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 UAV hovering over a PLA Ground Force ZBD-09 wheeled self-propelled gun at an undisclosed location: an indication that the UAV is either being trialled by or already in service with the PLA. (Harwar)

The images show the UAV, which is armed with what appear to be two automatic grenade launchers and an air-to-ground missile, hovering over a PLA Ground Force ZBD-09 self-propelled gun at an undisclosed location.

According to the Shenzhen-based company, the UAV can reach a top speed of 18 m/s, has an endurance of 60 minutes, a flight ceiling of 5,834 m and a flight radius of 14.4 km.

The UAV, which can be guided by satellite positioning systems (Beidou, GPS, GLONASS), has a maximum payload of 25 kg, which can include surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, smoke or tear gas grenades, small diameter bombs, grenades and/or air-to-ground missiles, according to Harwar.

Harwar’s Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multirotor UAV was photographed during what appeared to be a PLA training exercise. The platform was shown armed with what appear to be two automatic grenade launchers and an air-to-ground missile.  (Harwar)

Harwar’s Zhanfu (Tomahawk) H16-V12 multirotor UAV was photographed during what appeared to be a PLA training exercise. The platform was shown armed with what appear to be two automatic grenade launchers and an air-to-ground missile. (Harwar)

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Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Harwar has released images of its Zhanfu (Tomahaw...

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