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UMEX 2024: Flightwin displays multi-purpose rotary-wing UAVs

The FWH-3000 cargo UAV can carry a maximum payload of 1,000 kg. (Janes/Amit Kalra)

China-based cargo unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) developer Flightwin Innovation Technology Company exhibited a range of rotary-wing UAVs during the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2024 held in Abu Dhabi from 23 to 25 January.

Speaking to Janes on 23 January Chong Chen, the vice-president of Flightwin, said the FWH-3000 has been developed to address the requirements of cargo and general transportation for both civil and defence domains. The FWH-3000 can transfer cargo such as medicines, weapons, relief material, and can be configured to transport six patients. The FWH-3000 will be production-ready by mid-2024, Chong added.

The FWH-3000 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV and its design resembles the Chinook helicopter. According to Flightwin, the FWH-3000 features a tandem-rotor configuration with an internal cabin having a volume of 4.2 m³. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the FWH-3000 is listed as 2,500 kg, with a maximum payload carrying capacity of 1,000 kg. The internal cabin of the UAV can carry two 500 kg pallets, and if required, it can also be equipped with an external pod.

The FWH-3000 has a length of 6.5 m, a width of 1.4 m, and a height of 2.5 m. It has a maximum operating range of 600 km, a service ceiling of 6,500 m (21,300 ft), an endurance of five hours, and is capable of operating in wind conditions of and up to Level 7 (maximum wind speed of 61 km/h).

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