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This is a model of the intermediate range and medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV type CH-3 which I photographed on the stand of Poly Technologies, Inc which is based in Beijing, China.The nice gentleman on the stand told me that he spoke English so I thought I'd try and get a little more information about this beast. I failed ... well, not entirely, but either he really didn't understand my simple question: "Have you sold any of these to the Chinese army?" or he was being coy (I strongly suspect the latter) because he just repeated "I don't know if we have any client in China." So then I asked him if this was the model of a prototype. He apparently understood that question just fine. "Oh, no, we have sold hundreds to Asian countries," he told me, quickly adding "this flies very well, it works."So apart from that I can just tell you what was on the airy brochure (my comments in brackets):wingspan: 7.9mtotal length: 5.1mtotal height (from ground): 2.4mmax. operating range: 200kmmax. level speed: 256 km/h (curiously precise)cruise speed: 222 km/h (also curiously precise)cruise altitude: 5,000mceiling: 6,000mendurance: 12 hoursmax. take-off weight: 630 kgmax. payload weight 100 kgnavigation accuracy <50mdata link: S band.The brochure adds that this is "a medium altitude UAV system with CCD or infraned (infrared), laser designator and ranger. It can achieve surveillance, reconnaissance, fire adjustment, target location and precision strike."
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